A term used to describe a type of store that attempts to dominate a particular retail category, like home improvement, office supplies, pet goods, sporting goods, etc. I think the "killer" part comes from the fact that when one of these comes to town, they tend to kill the smaller mom-and-pop retail stores.

They are usually warehouse style, with large shelves of stuff, all their merchandise on display in big boxes, plain concrete floors, harsh mercury lights, and tons of zombie-like staff roaming around, doing everything but helping you. These places could not exist without bar code scanners.

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