The customer simply chooses a card and pays for it at the cash register. The card is usually accompanied by a small envelope with space for a message. The customer can write a few words on the envelope, enclose the card and present it to someone as a gift. The receiver can then use the gift card to make purchases at that store or chain of stores.
First, I wonder why the above uses "present" instead of "give." Are there any marginal differences between them?
Second, is it "chain stores" or "chain of stores?" Thanks.
Examples of some 'chain stores' would be Wal-Mart, McDonald's, Burger King, etc. 'Chain stores' is common usage for companies that have multiple locations.
Thanks, Edward and Amigos4.
To make sure, are there any differences between "chain of stores" and "chain stores?"
The difference between a 'chain of stores' and 'chain stores' is really quite basic. A company, such as Starbucks, would have 'a chain of stores' within its corporate organization. Starbucks would have many locations that are owned by Starbucks and would provide/sell Starbucks products. Each individual store is part of the Starbucks chain of stores.
McDonald's has an international 'chain of stores' that provides McDonald's products. Each McDonalds is part of the McDonalds chain of stores.
"Chain stores' is a broad umbrella which would describe companies that have multiple lo0cations. When viewed as a total group, Starbucks, McDonald's, Wal-Mart, Marks and Spencer, Burger King, etc., would all be considered to be 'chain stores'. They each have several different locations that use the same business model.
The individual store on your neighborhood street corner would not have 'a chain of stores'. Therefore, it would not be considered a 'chain store' company.
Does this help?