Why isn't "store" in the plural in the sentence below?

More than 7,400 store closures have been announced this year

The sentence is from Financial Times.

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In this case, the noun isn't 'store', the noun is 'store closure'.

The author is not talking about the stores themselves, but is referring to the fact that they are closing.

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    typically when a noun modifies another noun which is plural, we don't pluralize the modifier noun just to match: "car doors", "kitchen knives", "bottle caps", etc
    – Lorel C.
    Jul 21, 2019 at 19:15

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