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A department store is a retail establishment with a building open to the public, offering a wide range of consumer goods.
It typically allows shoppers to choose between multiple merchandise lines, at variable price points, in different product categories known as "departments".
Department stores usually sell a variety of 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, baby needs, and pet supplies.
Customers check out near the front of the store or alternatively, sales counters within each department. Some are part of a retail chain of many stores, while others may be independent retailers, existing entirely independently or as licensed dealers.
Big-box stores, hypermarkets, and discount stores are modern equivalent of historical department stores.
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