What does a Stores do?

Store managers are responsible for the general management of a retail store. That could mean one store in a chain of thousands or a stand-alone retail establishment. Regardless of the size of the parent company, a store manager's primary purpose is to ensure that a store's operations run smoothly.

While most companies do not look for their store managers to have a specific educational background, some say they prefer candidates that have a college degree. The best store managers have many years of retail experience, a strong ability to lead, and excellent attention to detail.

  • Drive customer service excellence to every aspect of the store, including store appearance, display of merchandise, product placement, story layout, and selling procedures
  • Ensure strategic goals and sales targets of the store are met by maximizing sales and gross profit, reviewing sales performance, controlling expenses, and managing inventory
  • Hire, train, develop, and supervise staff
  • Provide staff with feedback, coaching, and performance evaluations
  • Coordinate daily staffing and staffing schedules
  • Ensure the store complies with outlined safety policies and proceduces, as well as state and local health regulations
  • Make sure wages, work hours, and equal employment opportunities are upheld according to federal and state laws
  • Perform administrative tasks to support the smooth operation of all store operations, including the timely submission of all personnel paperwork, preparing and submitting reports, and monitoring sales receipts and cash
  • Monitor stock and inventory, and perform quality assurance of merchandise on a regular basis
  • Minimum high school diploma, GED, or equivalent education
  • 3-5 years of retail sales required; retail management experience and a college degree preferred
  • Excellent organizational, time management, prioritization, and multitasking skills
  • Experience with interviewing, hiring and evaluating candidates, and assessing employee performance
  • Basic math skills sufficient to complete orders, calculate inventory, and manage cash registers
  • Ability to reach overhead, bend, squat, kneel, and carry products in order to perform and cover all workfloor duties
  • Able to give clear directions and set expectations for staff
  • Demonstrated ability to lead by example
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
2.8 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Stores Salaries

Average Base Pay

$50,665 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $51K
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Stores Career Path

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Stores Insights

Read what Stores professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Nadege PatisserieNadege Patisserie
Assistant Store Manager
Jun 18, 2019

“Owners don't really know what they're doing and expect the underpaid and overworked staff to deliver the world”

El Topo
Sep 23, 2021

“I really liked working there the wait staff was great and talkative and the kitchen was understanding towards mistakes.”

Circle KCircle K
Assistant Store Manager
Jul 19, 2019

“If you have a great manager it’s a good and easy job to have.”

Store Manager
Sep 14, 2019

“Not getting paid more for stepping up and continuing to do great work and not getting recognition.”

Assistant Boutique Manager
Jan 24, 2021

“It is such a fun and great environment to work especially with the right staff.”

Retail Team Lead (Keyholder)
Aug 5, 2021

“The pay is average but not what I feel is fair since you have to do everything.”

B&M RetailB&M Retail
Store Manager
Nov 24, 2021

“Work load at times can be heavy but nothing a good team can't handle.”

Store Manager
Aug 16, 2020

“Most employees are nice but don't get to comfortable here or you'll get stuck.”

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