What do you call the stores on the front of a building(department stores or apartment) (on ground floor usually) that face the roads with its own entrance?

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    – J. Taylor
    Oct 25 '17 at 19:23

Though not really obscure, the technical terms are storefronts and shopfronts. Usually this refers to the bottom floor (sometimes bottom few floors) of commercial real estate where the shops are leased from the main structure and have an on-street presence.

While some buildings have multiple stores, the storefronts are the ones that face outside/or main hallways and have display windows. Inside they are just shops, stores, bodegas, and retail space if they don't have display windows.

More about them here on Wikipedia.

  • Really, Patterson? So if I have a store or shop trading in X or Y or Z it would make a significant difference to you whether that store in your view faced outside? If you are really hoping to show a difference between storefronts that face outside and those which are really just shops, stores, and retail space then would you mind explaining what difference you see? Oct 27 '17 at 20:57
  • There, is that better? @RobbieGoodwin
    – Patterson
    Oct 27 '17 at 21:17
  • Uh… what did you mean by that, please? Oct 27 '17 at 21:22
  • Okay, so in some highrises there are stores that don't have any windows. They simply have a door, just like any other tenant, but instead of it being Bob's apartment it might be Fred's store. No sign on the door. If the door is open, then the business is open. No storefront.
    – Patterson
    Oct 27 '17 at 21:23
  • In advertising/marketing of Real Estate, and I've designed a few storefronts, the ones that have a storefront are more expensive retail spaces. There is a difference.
    – Patterson
    Oct 27 '17 at 21:24

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