n. A type of department store which sell products at prices lower than those asked by other department stores.
A discount store is a retail store which sells products at prices lower than the typical market value. A "full-line discount store" or "mass merchandiser" may offer a wide assortment of goods with a focus on price rather than service, display, or wide choice - such as Aldi and Lidl; a "speciality", "single line", or " category killer" discount store may specialize in specific merchandise such as jewelry, electronic equipment, or electrical appliances, relying on bulk purchase and efficient distribution to keep down cost - such as Toys "R" Us and Staples. Discount stores are not variety stores, which sell goods at a single price-point or multiples thereof (£1, $2, etc.). Discount stores differ from variety stores in that they sell many name-brand products, and because of the wide price range of the items offered. Following World War II, a number of retail establishments in the U.S. began to pursue a high-volume, low-profit-margin strategy designed to attract price-conscious consumers. This strategy has received renewed interest from retailers and customers alike stemming from the Great Recession that began in 2007 that forced buyers to revisit the approach to the products they wanted.
Currently Aldi, the largest retailer in the world (Planet Retail Ranking; June 2014), operates more than 10,121 discount stores worldwide.
Usage examples of "discount store".
I sat there behind the wheel of my car, not sure what I should do, wishing I was someplace else, anyplace else, trying on shoes at Thom McAn's, filling out a credit application in a discount store, standing in front of a pay toilet stall with diarrhoea and no dime.
She didn't like leaving him alone for the length of time it would take her to drive to the nearest discount store, but it was either that or ask Honey to do the shopping and bring the things out.
Now, for every dollar you spend at a Holoco discount store, Holoco will donate one cent to the Holoco Foundation to Help the Homeless.
They drove away from the discount store with the loaded truck, and Jamie stared out the window at the other cars.
It was any farm boy's room from the last century until recent years when local people had started buying discount store junk.
I looked down and I saw the most peculiar thing, that I was wearing those ugly, tacky thong sandals we'd bought in the discount store.
When he quit, explaining that what he'd meant was that he was going to chuck all of it, and announced that he'd taken a job as a checkout clerk at a discount store, it put a different complexion on things.
The paper and envelopes were plain and cheap, purchasable at any discount store.
Fly to Los Angeles, buy a knife at a discount store, kill a hooker, fly back home the same night.
Actually it looked like it had been some kind of discount store before that, and who knew what else before, but it had that eggs.