One-Stop Shopping

Posted by ESC on September 09, 2003

In Reply to: One Stop Shopping posted by Lecky on September 09, 2003

: I am interested in what store or shopping chain originated the "One Stop Shopping" slogan.

: Thanks for your help.

I don't know if a particular store came up with that slogan. I found a couple of entries in a references. It looks like the difference between the two entries is that the 1930s one refers to goods and services within one category (like a service station) and the 1980s term is broader.

ONE-STOP - "adj. Denoting a shop or the like that can supply all a customer's needs within a particular range of goods or services. Originally US. 1934 'American Speech': Plenty of one-stop service stations for washing, minor repairs, lubrication, etc.'" "adj. Denoting a shop or other premises in which a wide range of goods or services are available under one roof, so that the customer does not have to visit a large number of shops. Originally US. 1988 'Architects' Journal': 'Our freephone is your access to the biggest one-stop shop in town.'" From 20th Century Words: The Story of New Words in English Over the Last 100 Years by John Ayto (Oxford University Press, New York, 1999).