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Store Visits

Each year our analysts visit dozens of stores across the globe to bring you in-depth store visit reports. Each of the following store visit feature floor plans, store photos and full commentary written by our team of international retail experts.

Store Visits
Sainsbury’s Nine Elms: flagship for the future
Sainsbury’s Nine Elms: flagship for the future
We go inside Sainsbury’s new London flagship, the first store to include a Habitat and Argos, and its new Foodhall concept, to see how the retail ...
Oct 2016


Aldi, Eastcote, UK
Aldi, Eastcote, UK
We visited this new Aldi city store to discover latest thinking for this high street format and what Aldi has in store for its estate going ...
Oct 2016


Food Lover’s Market, Cape Town, South Africa
Food Lover’s Market, Cape Town, South Africa
Food Lover’s Market meets the needs of ‘foodies’ looking for high quality products, focusing on fresh ranges, fruits and vegetables, counters and food-for-now to differentiate itself ...
Aug 2016


Morrisons Colindale: a hotbed of new ideas
Morrisons Colindale: a hotbed of new ideas
We go inside Morrisons' only planned new store of 2016 to see how it develops new centres of excellence through its innovative party zone and food-to-go ...
Aug 2016


SPAR Amsterdam Science Park, The Netherlands
SPAR Amsterdam Science Park, The Netherlands
See how this SPAR store overcomes the challenges of small basket sizes and price conscious customers by encouraging frequent visits. ...
Jul 2016


Whole Foods Market, North Burnaby, BC, Canada: delivering on the in-store experience
Whole Foods Market, North Burnaby, BC, Canada: delivering on the in-store experience
Whole Foods Market continues to create some of the most compelling and innovative store formats in the sector. We recently visited its new store in North ...
May 2016


SPAR (South Africa), Cape Town, South Africa
SPAR (South Africa), Cape Town, South Africa
SPAR (South Africa) is competing strongly in a challenging market. It is winning in local areas by empowering individual store owners to better target shoppers in ...
May 2016


Eataly Sao Paulo: for the love of (Italian) food
Eataly Sao Paulo: for the love of (Italian) food
We've been in-store at one of the newest global Eataly stores, in São Paulo, Brazil, to assess the concept and to see what we can learn ...
Mar 2016


Loblaws CityMarket, Vancouver, Canada: evolving the Inspire concept
Loblaws CityMarket, Vancouver, Canada: evolving the Inspire concept
Loblaw continues to push ahead with the roll-out of its ‘Inspire’ store formats.  Recently it opened its smallest concept to date in Vancouver; we review how ...
Mar 2016


Zona Sul: targeting affluent shoppers in Rio de Janeiro
Zona Sul: targeting affluent shoppers in Rio de Janeiro
We look at how this highly successful operator targets affluent shoppers in Rio de Janeiro. ...
Feb 2016


Waitrose, King's Cross, UK
Waitrose, King's Cross, UK
Waitrose’s new King’s Cross flagship pushes the boundaries of what a supermarket can offer, with a choice of foodservice and food-to-go options, an in-store bar and ...
Dec 2015


bfresh, Allston, USA
bfresh, Allston, USA
Ahold recently opened its first ‘bfresh’ smaller format store in Allston, Massachusetts. Our recent visit to this store revealed one of the best examples of format ...
Dec 2015


Biedronka, Warsaw, Poland: a day with the discounter
Biedronka, Warsaw, Poland: a day with the discounter
We spent a day with Poland’s market leader to see how the discounter is developing its convenience and food-to-go offer while also continuing to lead on ...
Nov 2015


Metro, Humber Bay Park, Toronto: winning with urban shoppers
Metro, Humber Bay Park, Toronto: winning with urban shoppers
As part of its increased investment in format development, Metro Inc., has launched a smaller format concept focused on urban shoppers in Toronto. We visited this ...
Oct 2015


SPAR, Eindhoven, Netherlands: targeting food focused shopper missions
SPAR, Eindhoven, Netherlands: targeting food focused shopper missions
We visited the SPAR store on the Eindhoven University of Technology campus to see how one of its independent owners has created a targeted format that ...
Oct 2015


Lidl, Hamburg, Germany
Lidl, Hamburg, Germany
We visited three Lidl stores in high footfall locations within Hamburg’s city centre to see how the discounter is evolving ranges in its home country to ...
Sep 2015


Albert Heijn: exporting expertise and value to Belgium
Albert Heijn: exporting expertise and value to Belgium
We visited three Albert Heijn stores in Belgium to see how the retailer is transferring its expertise, range and offer into the country and how its ...
Aug 2015


Booths, Hale Barns, UK
Booths, Hale Barns, UK
We visited Booths’ new Hale Barns store to see how the regional retailer is evolving its stores as it picks up the pace of expansion. ...
Jul 2015


Roche Bros., Boston, USA: a new model for urban locations
Roche Bros., Boston, USA: a new model for urban locations
A new store for downtown Boston from Roche Bros. reveals an innovative concept featuring a street-level food-to-go offer and a contemporary, basement located supermarket. ...
Jul 2015


7-Eleven, New York, USA
7-Eleven, New York, USA
Featuring a new contemporary, urban-focused design, we review 7-Eleven’s concept store in New York. ...
Jun 2015


Kesko, Helsinki, Finland
Kesko, Helsinki, Finland
We visited this newly opened Kesko supermarket in Helsinki where we appreciated the retailer’s new food-to-go department, outstanding fresh food, its extensive range and focus on ...
Feb 2015


Tesco Express, Philpot Lane, UK
Tesco Express, Philpot Lane, UK
We visited the retailer's Philpot Lane store to see how Tesco is blurring the lines between convenience and foodservice as it looks to tailor its offer ...
Nov 2014


O’Leary’s Centra, Cork
O’Leary’s Centra, Cork
O’ Leary’s Centra is located between Cork city centre and the satellite town of Douglas. Centra has worked hard to create a customer focused offer, looking ...
Nov 2014


Sourced Market, St Pancras International, London
Sourced Market, St Pancras International, London
We visited Sourced Market in London St Pancras station to see how a niche food retailer is executing trends we are seeing across the wider convenience ...
Sep 2014


Walmart to Go, Bentonville, USA
Walmart to Go, Bentonville, USA
Earlier this year Walmart opened its first convenience store in the US, Walmart to Go. Featuring an eye-catching design, the store, combines elements of a traditional ...
Aug 2014


7-Eleven Leighton #0271, Guangzhou, China
7-Eleven Leighton #0271, Guangzhou, China
On July 11th, the 7-11 day, we visited the store to experience how it’s leading the development of ready-to-eat category and catching the growing trend of ...
Aug 2014


SPAR, Hackney, UK
SPAR, Hackney, UK
We visited a winning formula from SPAR: a convenience store, burger bar and restaurant all under one roof. ...
Jul 2014


Engen, Cape Town, South Africa
Engen, Cape Town, South Africa
Engen’s forecourt store, on a major road artery in and out of Cape Town, combines five offers and offers shoppers a range of options to meet ...
Jun 2014


Nation Fresh Foods, Hamilton, Canada
Nation Fresh Foods, Hamilton, Canada
With three in ten Canadians forecast to be a member of a visible minority group by 2031, Nations Fresh Foods has developed a flagship concept that ...
May 2014


Ito Yokado, Chengdu, China
Ito Yokado, Chengdu, China
Take a look at how Ito Yokado is upweighting its convenience ranges and helping customers live more healthily in its top performing Chengdu store ...
Mar 2014


SPAR Ireland: a day with the retailer
SPAR Ireland: a day with the retailer
We explore how SPAR Ireland is driving format innovation with new formats across food-to-go and convenience.  ...
Feb 2014


Rewe to go,  Cologne, Germany
Rewe to go, Cologne, Germany
Rewe has developed its Rewe to go format to target on-the-go shoppers, meeting a range of missions by offering a wide range of products, including a ...
Jan 2014


ICA To Go, Stockholm, Sweden
ICA To Go, Stockholm, Sweden
We visited ICA’s new convenience format to understand how the retailer is exploiting services to drive footfall ...
Jan 2014


Made by Rewe, Cologne, Germany
Made by Rewe, Cologne, Germany
Made by Rewe is a new trial format for this innovative retailer, making the most of its food-to-go offer to provide shoppers with a wide range ...
Jan 2014


Centra, Ballsbridge, Ireland
Centra, Ballsbridge, Ireland
We take a look at how this novel Dublin convenience store takes is tailored to local shopping missions and excels at food-on-the-go, while also supporting local ...
Jan 2014


Tesco Superstore, Chelmsford, UK
Tesco Superstore, Chelmsford, UK
We visited Tesco’s new look ‘super convenience’ store to see how the retailer is satisfying multiple shopper missions in large formats. ...
Jan 2014


Woolworths, Woolloomooloo, Sydney, Australia
Woolworths, Woolloomooloo, Sydney, Australia
Woolloomooloo is one of four new urban concept stores that Woolworths has launched across Australia in 2013. We visited the store to examine the initiatives that ...
Dec 2013


Tesco Extra, Watford, UK
Tesco Extra, Watford, UK
As the first store to trial the retailer’s new destination hypermarket concept – Watford Extra is a must see store! The format creates a more compelling ...
Aug 2013


Sainsbury's Local in London
Sainsbury's Local in London
We assess Sainsbury’s increasingly flexible and tailored approach to convenience store openings with visits to the retailer’s ‘Superfresh’ store in Earlsfield and its compact Abbeville Road ...
May 2013


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