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Types of shop

antique shop

noun

a shop that sells valuable old objects

barbershop

noun

a shop where men have their hair cut

beauty parlour

noun

a shop where you can get beauty treatments for your skin or hair

beauty salon

noun

a beauty parlour

big-box store

noun

a large shop that sells a lot of different types of goods including food, medicines, and often things such as washing machines

book club

noun

an organization that sells books at low prices to its members, usually by mail order

bookshop

noun

a shop that sells books. The usual American word is bookstore.

bookstall

noun

a small shop with an open front that sells books, newspapers, and magazines, for example at a railway station

bookstore

noun

a bookshop

booth

noun

a small enclosed space where you can buy things, look at things, or use a service

bottle shop

noun

a shop that sells alcoholic drinks

boutique

noun

a small fashionable shop, especially one that sells clothes

bucket shop

noun

a cheap travel agent

builders’ merchant

noun

a company that sells things that you need for building, for example bricks and sand

butcher

noun

someone whose job is to sell meat and sometimes also to kill animals for meat. The shop they work in is called a butcher’s or a butcher’s shop.

butchery

noun

a butcher’s shop

cash-and-carry

noun

a large shop where people can buy large amounts of goods at a cheap price, often so that they can then sell them in their own shops

chain store

noun

one of a group of shops that all belong to the same person or company

charity shop

noun

a shop belonging to a charity that sells things that people have given to it

chemist

noun

a shop that sells medicines, beauty products, and toiletries

chip shop

noun

in the UK, a shop where you can buy fish and chips and other hot foods to take away and eat

commissary

noun

a supermarket for members of the armed forces

concession

noun

a small shop or business inside a building owned by a larger business

convenience store

noun

a small shop that is open for long hours and sells a variety of goods, especially food and drink, cleaning materials, and newspapers or magazines

corner shop

noun

a small shop that sells food and other products, often found on the corner of a street

dairy

noun

a small local shop

deli

noun

a delicatessen

delicatessen

noun

a shop that sells food such as cooked meat, cheese, and food from other countries

department store

noun

a large shop divided into separate sections, each section selling a different type of thing

dime store

noun

a small shop that sells different types of cheap things

dispensing chemist

noun

a chemist’s shop where medicines are prepared and sold

drapery

noun

a business that sells cloth and things made of cloth

drugstore

noun

a chemist 1

dry cleaner’s

noun

a shop where you take your clothes to be dry-cleaned

duty-free

noun

a shop that sells duty-free goods

filling station

noun

a petrol station

fish and chip shop

noun

a shop that sells fish and chips that you usually take somewhere else to eat

five-and-dime

noun

a shop that sells a variety of goods that are not expensive

garage

noun

a place that repairs or sells cars

garage

noun

a place where you go to buy petrol

garden centre

noun

a large store that sells plants, flowers, and the tools and equipment that you need for looking after a garden

gas station

noun

a petrol station

general store

noun

a shop that sells a wide range of products, often found in small communities

gift shop

noun

a shop selling things that people like to give and receive as presents

haberdashery

noun

men’s clothes, or a shop that sells men’s clothes

hardware shop

noun

a shop that sells metal goods and things for your home or garden such as pans, knives, tools, and chemical products

hole-in-the-wall

noun

a very small shop or restaurant

hypermarket

noun

a very large supermarket, usually built outside a town, that sells a wide range of goods

ironmonger’s

noun

a shop that sells tools and other metal goods

junk shop

noun

a shop that buys and sells used things such as furniture, books, or pictures

liquor store

noun

an off-licence

megastore

noun

a very large shop, especially one that sells many different types of products

minimart

noun

a shop that sells food and stays open late

multiple

noun

a chain store

NAAFI

noun

a shop or place to eat for members of the British armed forces

newspaper stand

noun

a newsstand

newsstand

noun

a place in the street where you can buy newspapers and magazines

offie

noun

an off-licence

off-licence

noun

a shop that sells alcoholic drinks

opportunity shop

noun

a shop that sells second-hand (=used) goods in order to earn money for a charity (=organization that helps the poor, sick etc)

op shop

noun

an opportunity shop

outfitter

noun

a shop that sells clothes, especially men’s clothes

outfitter

noun

a shop that sells clothes and equipment for activities such as camping and hunting

paper shop

noun

a shop that sells newspapers and magazines

patisserie

noun

a shop that sells cakes

perfumery

noun

a shop that sells perfumes

petrol station

noun

a garage that sells petrol for your car. The American word is gas station.

pharmacy

noun

a shop where medicines are prepared and sold

saddler

noun

a shop where saddles and other leather products are sold

saddlery

noun

a saddler’s shop

salon

noun

a shop that sells expensive clothes made by famous designers

service centre

noun

a shop where you can buy parts for the products that are sold there, and can have the products repaired

service station

noun

a business that sells petrol, oil, and other things for vehicles

sex shop

noun

a shop that sells products relating to sexual activities

stall

noun

a large table or a small building that is open at the front, used for selling things or for giving people information

stationer

noun

a shop that sells stationery

supermarket

noun

a very large shop that sells food and other products for the home. You go around the shop pushing a trolley and putting things in it, then you pay for your goods at the checkout.

superstore

noun

a very large shop that sells a wide range of different goods, usually on the edge of a town

superstore

noun

a shop that sells a range of similar products at low prices

sweet shop

noun

a shop that sells sweets and chocolate

takeaway

noun

a shop that sells meals that you take home to eat

tearoom

noun

a small shop selling food, newspapers etc

thrift shop

noun

a charity shop

tobacconist

noun

a shop that sells tobacco, cigarettes etc

trading post

noun

a small town, village, or shop far away from other towns

the cleaners

a place where you can get clothes, curtains etc dry-cleaned (=cleaned with chemicals, not soap and water)

pre-cation

a paid holiday given to a new employee before they start their job

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