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    Regional English: word for independent convenience stores

    You know the kind of place; crowded, a bit dirty, often specializing in selling 40 ounce bottles of malt liquor and lottery tickets. What are they called around where you are?

    New York City: bodega
    Buffalo: deli (really!), Arab store
    Detroit: party store
    Montreal: depanneur or "dep"
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    Convenience store.

    We're not very creative around here.

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    Quote Originally posted by dandy_warhol View post
    Convenience store.

    We're not very creative around here.
    Same here.

    I have heard this term before - package store
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    They're called both party stores and convenience stores around here (maybe 70/30 respectively)
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    In Honolulu I heard them referred to frequently as "Korean stores" as they were often owned by Korean immigrants.
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    An awful lot of the convenience stores in Chicago are liquor stores which will sell alcohol in addition to the normal convenience stores offerings...

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    In NJ the vast majority of convenience stores do not sell liquor or beer.

    In central to north NJ if you are in an urban area convenience stores are bodegas whether they are owned by Latinos or not. In the more tony 'burbs they are mostly chain stores, QuickChek, WaWa, 7-11, or Krauszers. Sometimes they are referred to as a mini mart.
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    Convenience stores in PA don't sell beer (Yet. A few grocery stores have permission from the Commonwealth and do sell it.) Here, you just say the name of the store, proceeded by THE. "I"m going to The Get Go" or "The Sunoco". Sheetz, however, stands alone.

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    I hear c-store often used around here.
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    They are definitely "Party Stores" here in the Detroit area. And it doesn't matter if you are in a cookie cutter suburb, the inner city, or somewhere like Grosse Pointe, it seems like they are generally owned and operated by the local Chaldean population too (and it has been that way for as long as I can remember).
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    Gas Station. Doesn't matter if they have gas or not (but almost all do).
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    Quote Originally posted by WSU MUP Student View post
    They are definitely "Party Stores" here in the Detroit area. And it doesn't matter if you are in a cookie cutter suburb, the inner city, or somewhere like Grosse Pointe, it seems like they are generally owned and operated by the local Chaldean population too (and it has been that way for as long as I can remember).
    I concur with this. One of my most frequented party stores when I was growing up was actually called "Party Express".
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    Quote Originally posted by Dan View post
    You know the kind of place; crowded, a bit dirty, often specializing in selling 40 ounce bottles of malt liquor and lottery tickets. What are they called around where you are?
    In my region? It's just called a gas station...but it's in Nevada.
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    Down in south Louisiana we called them all Quik Stops, because that was the name of the most popular one in town. Even the chain stores (Time Saver) were called a quik stop. Same way we call all soda "cokes."

    In Montana, you might call a convenience store a "Town Pump," which is a regional chain. I haven't heard any particular generic term used here. People seem to just say the name of the store they stopped at.
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    Quote Originally posted by ursus View post
    In my region? It's just called a gas station...but it's in Nevada.
    And I bet in your younger days you knew the exact amount of time it took to get to West Wendover.
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    Convenience store (or even just "the store") or gas station.
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    Driving through Arkansas this summer, we saw a "Kum and Go" store. My first thought was "WTF were they thinking?" Just looked it up and I see that it's a small chain. Still gotta wonder...
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    In MA liquor stores are called "packies" (package stores). With very few exceptions convenience stores don't sell liquor or beer, neither do gas stations. I believe there is a weird rule about grocery stores being able to sell beer and wine, but only if they are within a certain distance to the NH border. The alcohol regulations in MA are pretty convoluted.

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    No generic term is used here. Rather, the gas company that owns the pumps is the term applied, such as Thornton's, Swifty, or BP.
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    Quote Originally posted by ofos View post
    Driving through Arkansas this summer, we saw a "Kum and Go" store. My first thought was "WTF were they thinking?" Just looked it up and I see that it's a small chain. Still gotta wonder...
    Too bad it is a trademarked name. It would be a good name for a licensed brothel in Nevada.

    We used to have those convenience stores here too.
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    A friend works for them in Iowa. They are a typical chain focusing on new suburban stores. K&G were the founders' last initials and one of their daughters came up with the name.

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    in Syracuse they seemed to be generally known as "7 Eleven's" even if they weren't...

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    Quote Originally posted by Gedunker View post
    No generic term is used here. Rather, the gas company that owns the pumps is the term applied, such as Thornton's, Swifty, or BP.
    Party stores and Gas Stations are not interchangable here. Nearly all Party Stores don't serve gas, and the same is true in reverse. It is rare to find a gas station that sells beer, wine, or liqour.
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    Convenience store, QuickTrip, Circle K's (those are the main chains at the gas stations).
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    Quote Originally posted by luckless pedestrian View post
    in Syracuse they seemed to be generally known as "7 Eleven's" even if they weren't...
    Don't they refer to all soft drinks as 'Coke' there too?
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