Located or serving consumers in a physical facility as distinct from providing remote, especially online, services: a brick-and-mortar bookstore.
- Alternative form of brick and mortar.
- Used other than as an idiom: see brick,"Ž and,"Ž mortar.
- (business) Buildings and property for the conduct of business, particularly in the sale of retail goods to the general public. (Used to contrast an Internet-based sales operation that lacks customer-oriented store fronts and a "traditional" one for which most capital investment might be in the building infrastructure.) [since the mid-1990s]
- Brick and mortar retail stores face online competition.
- (UK) Buildings, especially domestic housing.
- Often used attributively, especially in the form brick-and-mortar.