a place where goods are sold to the public. In British English, a store is large and sells many different things, but in American English, a store can be large or small, and sell many things or only one type of thing [↪ shop]:
Patrick has never set much store by material things.
WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE: shop, storeIn British English, shop is the usual word and storeis sometimes used to mean a very large shop where many different kinds of things are sold, for example a large supermarket or department store• They live opposite a row of shops. • This item is available in our London store.In American English, store is the usual word and shopis sometimes used to mean a small store that sells one type of goods• Will you go to the store for me? • a card shopIn British English, you can talk about the shops• I'm going to the shops - do you want anything?But speakers of American English never say 'the stores'. ➔ See alsoshop
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.