The General store was usually the first retail business in most pioneer communities.
Most communities were founded around a church and a store. The store offered a wide range of merchandise shipped in from Eastern manufacturers. Such stores had little competition except for stores in other towns. Eventually Sears, Roebuck and Company became competitors on the frontier via catalog sales.
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