Anishinaabe Word of The Day

Store (daawewigamig)

department store is a retail establishment offering a wide range of consumer goods in different areas of the store, each area (“department”) specializing in a product category. In modern major cities, the department store made a dramatic appearance in the middle of the 19th century, and permanently reshaped shopping habits, and the definition of service and luxury. Similar developments were under way in London (with Whiteleys), in Paris (Le Bon Marché) and in New York (Stewart’s).[1]

Today, departments often include the following: clothing, cosmetics, do it yourself, furniture, gardening, hardware, home appliances, houseware, paint, sporting goods, toiletries, and toys. Additionally, other lines of products such as food, books, jewellery, electronics, stationery, photographic equipment, baby products, and products for pets are sometimes included. Customers generally check out near the front of the store in discount department stores, while high-end traditional department stores include sales counters within each department. Some stores are one of many within a larger retail chain, while others are independent retailers.

Since the 1980s, they have come under heavy pressure from discounters, and have come under even heavier pressure from e-commerce sites since the 2000s.


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adaawewigamig ni a store, a shop, a trading post

candy store

ziinzibaakwadoons-adaawewigamig ni a candy store

commodity store

ashangewigamig ni a welfare office, a commodity store


mashkikii-adaawewigamig ni a pharmacy, a drugstore

mashkikiiwadaawewigamig ni a pharmacy, a drugstore

grocery store

wiisinii-adaawewigamig ni a grocery store

See also: wiisiniwin-adaawewigamig ni

wiisiniwin-adaawewigamig ni a grocery store

See also: wiisinii-adaawewigamig ni