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department store

a RETAILER which sells a great variety of products, the term ‘department’ denoting the fact that a typical store will be divided up into a large number of sections each offering a particular kind of merchandise: the food department, the footwear department, the toys and games department, etc. Department stores may be under single-shop ownership or run as a multiple CHAIN STORE business.

Department stores compete mainly by offering customers convenience (‘everything under one roof), personal service and good quality products rather than on the basis of SELF SERVICE and cut prices. The larger department stores are able to boost their profitability by obtaining BULK-BUYING discounts from manufacturers as well as by promoting their OWN LABEL BRANDS. See DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL.

department store

a large RETAIL OUTLET. Department stores may be under single-shop ownership or run as a multiple CHAIN STORE business. Unlike most other retailers, who tend to specialize in relatively narrow ranges of products, the essential characteristic of a department store is the great variety of products it stocks: ‘everything under one roof. See RETAILER, DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL.
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Department stores were hit hard (Lyons & Li, 1997).
It is likely to accelerate the closure of more department stores, particularly in the countryside, observers said.
8% of the male respondents said that they go to a department store more than once a month.
Federated Department Stores, which operates Bloomingdale's, already has a relationship with the Westfield Group; there is a Bloomingdale's at Westfield's Fashion Square mall in Sherman Oaks.
While you might think that selling a high-end brand in both upmarket department stores as well as thousands of local stores would dilute or even destroy a brand's positioning and value, Bidinger tells us otherwise.
Unless you can show a clear connection between the actions of the police, acting on erroneous information from the department store, and your arrest, there is little you can do," says Michele Roberts, a partner at Shea & Gardner in Washington, D.
In this highly useful study Bill Lancaster revisits a central institution of Western consumer culture, the department store, adding the story of the British grand magasin to what has largely been the preserve of American and French business, social, and cultural historians.
While department stores pioneered the concept of shopping as a leisure activity, this entered a completely new phase with the advent of the commercial shopping centre, and the comparative space restraints have limited the extent to which department stores can compete.
Included in the plans are expansion to the existing department stores, Robinson's-May, J.
Hess' department stores began to fall upon hard times and was losing money at the Florence Mall location.

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