What are the differences between shop, shoppe, and store?
While I like @Jigar Joshi's answer, I'll provide some American Connotation, if I can. (Caveat, not a professional culturist)
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Generally a fancier term, as @Jigar Joshi mentioned, to give an air of authenticity and aristocracy.
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I'm presuming you're referring to these words used as nouns to mean a mercantile business of some sort. Historically, stores were businesses which kept inventory to be sold and shops where businesses where items were manufactured or repaired. Nowadays, shop and store are generally synonymous, but each has slightly more typical uses depending on what is being sold.
In my part of the world (Canada) you would generally refer to most commercial places of business as a store (grocery, convenience, clothes, book, furniture) while shops are reserved for repair, flowers, or gifts (gift shop is quite idiomatic.) Thus, you would typically hear bicycle shop, rather than store, because repairs are done there. It would not sound that strange to hear shop when referring to clothes, book or furniture stores, however.
In England and Australia a shop is what North Americans refer to as a store. A shop is a place for conducting retail business.
As pointed out above, some retailers may brand their shop as a Megastore because the term store has become trendy in advertising but it is nevertheless still a shop.
Store only applies to a 'department store' (a shop with several departments) or a 'general store' in a village or small community which sells a variety of essentials.
Another international curiosity: I notice in the spread of English in German websites, they have online shops rather than stores.
A store usually 'stores' perishable items. Shoppe is a mediaeval term which is unlikely to have been in actual use when the shop was first opened, unless it is very old. Shops can sell anything, and I would say include a store.
In American English:
Store - A place to purchase things.
Shop - I think primarily is used as a short form of 'workshop'. I don't hear it being used very often as a synonym of 'store', although it is a valid usage.
Shoppe - Used on stores to make them sound medieval.
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