Department store.

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      A department store is a large retail outlet that is separated into different areas according to the type of product sold. Department stores sell a large array of items, including clothing, housewares, electronics, appliances, jewelry, and toys. Some examples of popular department stores include Dillard's, Sears, Macy's, and JCPenney. The concept of the department store was developed to allow consumers to find everything they needed in one store. Many of these stores included other services such as restaurants, gift wrapping, home delivery, and even credit lines. While department stores were very popular in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, many have closed in the twenty-first century due to several factors, including the recession of the late 2000s, the emergence of discount retailers, and the prominence of online shopping.