Brick and Mortar

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Brick and Mortar

A company with a physical presence in the real world. Example of brick and mortar companies are grocery stores, auto shops, and so forth. While they have higher overhead and less flexibility than online companies, they can often provide more personalized services to customers. See also: Click and mortar.
References in classic literature ?
The timbers beneath are of a peculiar strength, fitted to sustain the weight of an almost solid mass of brick and mortar, some ten feet by eight square, and five in height.
Occasionally a hat or wig, or both, came spinning and trundling past him, like a mad thing; while the more serious spectacle of falling tiles and slates, or of masses of brick and mortar or fragments of stone-coping rattling upon the pavement near at hand, and splitting into fragments, did not increase the pleasure of the journey, or make the way less dreary.
So what can brick and mortars teach the new e-commerce class of 2000?