What is department store?

  • (noun): A large retail store organized into departments offering a variety of merchandise; commonly part of a retail chain.
    Synonyms: emporium

Department Store

A department store is a retail establishment which satisfies a wide range of durable goods and products to the consumer's personal and residential needs; and at the same time offering the consumer a choice of multiple merchandise lines, at variable price points, in different product categories(Also known as "departments" hence the name). Department stores usually sell products including clothing, furniture, home appliances, toys, cosmetics, gardening, toiletries, sporting goods, do it yourself, paint and hardware and additionally select other lines of products such as food, books, jewelry, electronics, stationery, photographic equipment and baby and pet needs. Certain department stores are further classified as discount stores. Most department stores commonly have central customer checkout areas, generally in the front area of the store. Department stores are usually part of a retail chain of many stores situated around a country or several countries. Some may be independent retailers, existing entirely independent or as licensed dealers.

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Some articles on department store:

Department Store - Countries - United States
... In the United States, department stores tend to target different socio-economic and geographic segments Upscale Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale's, Saks Fifth ... Maxx, Marshalls, and Burlington Coat Factory are stores that sell designer goods at lower prices, often on a surplus basis ... Stores that carry a general line of groceries and other product lines similar to those of department stores are considered warehouse clubs or supercenters ...
Loveman's Of Alabama - History
... The store was originally founded in 1887, as A.B ... The store was expanded in 1899 ... By 1911, Loveman's was known as the largest, most magnificent department store south of the Ohio River ...
Lauerman Brothers Department Store
... Lauerman Brothers Department Store was a department store chain in the early 20th century ... Its flagship store in Marinette, Wisconsin is a registered historic place ... The chain consisted of 13 stores in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Iowa ...
SM City Sta. Mesa - Anchors - Major Anchors - SM Department Store
... The SM Department Store is the foundation and one of the major anchors of the mall ... The department store attracts about 150,000 people daily ... The department store hosts quality products for fashion, footwear and others ...
List Of Defunct Department Stores Of The United States - Other Department Stores - National and Regional
... Acorn Stores (Minneapolis, Minnesota) Ames Department Stores Inc ... based in Rocky Hill, Connecticut) Arlan's Department Store (Mid-Atlantic and Midwest) Bradlees (based in Boston, Massachusetts) (New England, Mid-Atla ... Membership Department Stores (national/Ontario, Canada also known as G.E.X ...

Famous quotes containing the words department store, store and/or department:

    In the great department store of life, baseball is the toy department.
    —Los Angeles Sportscaster. quoted in Independent Magazine (London, Sept. 28, 1991)

    No healthy man, in his secret heart, is content with his destiny. He is tortured by dreams and images as a child is tortured by the thought of a state of existence in which it would live in a candy store and have two stomachs.
    —H.L. (Henry Lewis)

    The African race evidently are made to excel in that department which lies between the sensuousness and the intellectual—what we call the elegant arts. These require rich and abundant animal nature, such as they possess; and if ever they become highly civilised, they will excel in music, dancing and elocution.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811–1896)