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chain store

a multibranch retail business. All types of RETAILER, ranging from SPECIALIST SHOPS to SUPERMARKETS can be organized to take advantage of the growth and competitive opportunities deriving from large-scale operations. Unlike single-shop concerns, chain stores, by operating a network of stores each located strategically in catchment areas serving large populations, are in a position to expand their sales potential. Moreover, by selling the same general range of products in all of their stores and utilizing a central buying system, chain stores are able to secure BULK BUYING price discounts from manufacturers. In addition, the larger chain stores have found it advantageous to establish their ‘OWN LABEL BRANDS as a means of maximizing the group's sales potential. See DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL.

chain store

a multi-branch retail firm. All types of retailer, ranging from SPECIALIST SHOPS to DEPARTMENT STORES, can be organized to take advantage of the economies of HORIZONTAL INTEGRATION. Unlike single-shop concerns, chain stores are able to maximize their sales potential through geographical spread and maximize their competitive advantage by being able to secure BULK-BUYING price concessions from manufacturers and the supply of OWN LABEL BRANDS. See SUPERMARKET, DISCOUNT STORE, COOPERATIVE, DO-IT-YOURSELF STORE, RETAILER, DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL.
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A street hawker from Kisa village operating at TM mall, Ms Motlatsi Keabile is hopeful that the opening of the chain store in Tsabong would have economic trickle down for her business.
While this is the seventh consecutive year with a net increase in national chain stores in the five boroughs, this year's rate of growth was lower than all previous years except 2013--when the number of chain stores rose by 0.5 percent.
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"Shoppers tend to have far fewer conversations in chain stores as there's less of a community feel about them," he said.
Most towns and cities have a selection of the big chain stores making one seem very much like another.
He claimed chain stores 'proliferate like weeds', adding: 'Unless we can figure out how to weed some of the identikit, chain store shopfronts from our High Streets, we'll all end up living in clone towns.'
NASA scientists, engineers and chain store managers met with students of Brandon Middle School in Mississippi to confer about a solution to an important community issue-runaway shopping carts!
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where P and A represent market-basket price and percentage of availability (i.e., A = number of surveyed market-basket items available in the store divided by the total number of surveyed market-basket items), respectively, and vector X includes Chain (1 if chain store, 0 otherwise), Poor (1 if located in poor neighborhood, 0 otherwise), and percentage of chain stores in the neighborhood.
But when that same dollar is spent at a national chain store, 80 cents of it leaves town immediately-to pay executive salaries, distant manufacturers and importers, and truckers."
Interest peaked during the 1995 Christmas season, when chain store reports showing weak sales fueled growing concern about the consumer sector.