Meaning of “chain store” in the English Dictionary

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"chain store" in English

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chain storenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈtʃeɪn ˌstɔːr/ us /ˈtʃeɪn ˌstɔːr/

Examples from literature

  • Chain stores also have furnished capital to small manufacturers, contracting for the bulk of their output. 
  • Others produce a somewhat better hat, such as is sold by chain stores. 
  • The greater part of the membership was loyal during critical times when the easy way would have been to withdraw and trade at chain stores. 

(Definition of “chain store” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"chain store" in Business English

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chain storenoun [ C ]

uk us also chain

COMMERCE a store that is part of a chain of similar stores selling the same type of product, and that are all owned and controlled by the same organization:

The shopping complex hosts a range of chain stores including Argos, Boots, and Virgin Megastore.

(Definition of “chain store” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)