Can someone explain the difference between 商店 and 店舖? The dictionary differences are not clear.

1) For instance, if you want to say, "My friend works at a store in the downtown area," which would you use?

2) Are there any key differences between 商店 and 店舖?


  • try bkrs for dictionary 商店 在室内出售商品的场所:百货商店│零售商店 用以出售商品的建筑物 节日里商店和办公室都关门 买卖货物的店铺。 如:「这里真热闹,大小商店林立。」 百货商店 department store 儿童用品商店 children's goods store 礼品商店 gift shop 批发商店 wholesale department 特产商店 speciality shop 杂货商店 dry goods store 五金商店 hardware store 夫妻老婆商店 a mom and pop store 廉价商店 ten-cent store 友谊商店 Friendship Store 昼(日)夜商店 day-and-night shop 那家商店东西很贵。 That's a dear shop. 店铺 :泛指商店 shop; store: 照管店铺 tend shop 沿街的商号店铺 stores and shops along the street
    – user6065
    Nov 14, 2017 at 6:55
  • @user6065 thanks but bkrs appears to be a russian site? could you post as an answer btw? it would be easier to read what you're saying. thanks!
    – Crashalot
    Nov 14, 2017 at 7:28

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商店 refers to "store" that sell goods, for example, a book store where books were sold.

店舖 refers to "commercial establishment". A restaurant, a DVD rental store (younger generation might not had seen one ), and of course, a book store, are all 店舖

  • between 商店 and 店舖, which one is more commonly used? from your example, it appears 店舖 is more general?
    – Crashalot
    Nov 14, 2017 at 7:30
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    商店 and 店舖 are both commonly used. If you ask "how many 商店 in this mall" you are asking "how many stores (that sell goods) in this mall" ; If you ask "how many 店舖 in this mall" you are asking "how many commercial establishments, including stores that provide service are in this mall" If you ask "How many 單位 in this mall" you are asking " how many units are in this mall, including commercial and non-commercial establishments like doctor office, government outlet
    – Tang Ho
    Nov 14, 2017 at 8:13
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    the difference between 商店 and 店舖 is like the different between 'hand gun' and 'firearm'- hand gun is a kind of firearm, firearm include gun and other weapons that use gun power and bullets
    – Tang Ho
    Nov 14, 2017 at 8:21
  • the additional comments are very helpful, thank you!
    – Crashalot
    Nov 14, 2017 at 17:15

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