Appliance stores specialize in selling large appliances for home use, such as washers, dryers, refrigerators and ovens. Commercial appliance stores sell the specialized appliances needed by businesses, such as restaurants and laundry services.
Some retailers specialize in only selling appliances, but appliance sales are also often a department of a larger general department or home improvement store. Retail chains that specialize in appliances or combine them with electronics are usually regional, such as hhgregg, Abt Electronics and Pacific Sales. National retail chains that have appliance departments include Sears, Lowe's, Home Depot, Costco and Sam's Club. Most areas also have locally-owned appliance stores.