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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
Top discount stores to see in 2017
Top discount stores to see in 2017
We have created this report to bring you a collection of stand-out discount stores from across the globe. Read on to discover why you must see ...
Feb 2017


Trader Joe’s, Chicago, US
Trader Joe’s, Chicago, US
We visited Trader Joe’s in Chicago to learn more about the retailer and how it has created a unique proposition in the competitive US market. ...
Dec 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


Lidl, Madrid, Spain
Lidl, Madrid, Spain
This newly refurbished store is an example of Lidl Spain’s larger store of the future format, incorporating eco-friendly features and stand-out categories. ...
Oct 2016


Save-A-Lot, Cincinnati: re-defining its proposition
Save-A-Lot, Cincinnati: re-defining its proposition
We recently visited Save-A-Lot in Cincinnati as its parent company, Supervalu, prepares to spin-off the chain into a separate company. We look at how it is ...
Sep 2016


DIA: a day with DIA Argentina
DIA: a day with DIA Argentina
We spent a day with the DIA team in Buenos Aires to see how the retailer is going beyond its traditional focus on delivering low prices ...
Sep 2016


Aldi USA, Southern California
Aldi USA, Southern California
Earlier this year Aldi opened the first of 45 planned stores for California as part of its accelerated US expansion plans. We review the retailer’s contemporary ...
Aug 2016


DIA: a day with the retailer
DIA: a day with the retailer
We visited two DIA stores in Barcelona to see how it is continuing to build its presence in its home market and adhere to its core ...
Jul 2016


Shoprite USave, Cape Town, South Africa
Shoprite USave, Cape Town, South Africa
USave is a no-frills discounter that aims to meet the needs of low income shoppers. Stores carry a range of about 1,500 SKUs, predominantly branded products, ...
Jul 2016


REMA 1000: a day with the retailer
REMA 1000: a day with the retailer
We spent a day with one of Europe’s fastest growing discount retailers where we visited one of its newest stores and its store with the highest ...
Jul 2016


Iceland, London, UK
Iceland, London, UK
Though Iceland is focusing on expanding its larger Food Warehouse format, it is important to understand what Iceland is doing in its core estate of over ...
Jun 2016


ALDI, Manly Wharf, Sydney, Australia
ALDI, Manly Wharf, Sydney, Australia
Aldi at Manly Wharf showcases the retailer’s new format in Australia. As a world first for Aldi, it shows how the retailer is developing its in-store ...
Jun 2016


B&M, Middlesex, UK
B&M, Middlesex, UK
Following recent positive annual trading results, we visited each of B&M’s three formats to understand its proposition and how it has become a successful retailer within ...
Jun 2016


No Frills, Cloverdale, BC, Canada: winning on value
No Frills, Cloverdale, BC, Canada: winning on value
Last year Loblaw launched a new look and feel for its core discount format, No Frills. We visited a recently opened store to see how the ...
May 2016


KIWI Fornebuporten, Oslo, Norway
KIWI Fornebuporten, Oslo, Norway
We spent time with Norwegian market leader NorgesGruppen visiting a newly opened KIWI store in Oslo, where we appreciated how the discounter is evolving to maximise ...
May 2016


Aldi Future store, Munich, Germany
Aldi Future store, Munich, Germany
Following a meeting and store tour with a regional director of operations, we report on Aldi Süd’s new concept store in Eglharting, on the outskirts of ...
May 2016


Penny, Munich, Germany
Penny, Munich, Germany
On a recent trip to Munich, Germany, we visited a standard store from Rewe Group’s discount banner Penny to see how the retailer is evolving in ...
May 2016


Kaufland, Frankfurt, Germany
Kaufland, Frankfurt, Germany
Discount retailer Kaufland recently opened a new hypermarket in Frankfurt, Germany. We visited the store, showcasing the standout areas. ...
Mar 2016


Poundworld, West Ealing, UK
Poundworld, West Ealing, UK
We went inside Poundworld in West Ealing to explore the discounter’s range and opportunities for brands. ...
Mar 2016


Poundland: a day with the retailer
Poundland: a day with the retailer
We had exclusive access to two Poundland stores which has provided us with key insights into how the discounter is evolving in the UK. ...
Feb 2016


Lidl, Rushden: store of the future
Lidl, Rushden: store of the future
Lidl announced its ‘store of the future’ concept in November 2015. Days later, the discounter opened the first of its new-look stores in Rushden, Northamptonshire. ...
Feb 2016


DIA Market, São Paulo, Brazil: how the format is driving growth
DIA Market, São Paulo, Brazil: how the format is driving growth
Brazil is a growth market for DIA, and one where the retailer remains highly positive about opportunities, including the potential of the DIA Market format. We’ve ...
Jan 2016


Poundland, Stratford-upon-Avon
Poundland, Stratford-upon-Avon
We visited Poundland in Stratford-upon-Avon to explore the latest initiatives driving the discounter’s sales growth. ...
Jan 2016


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


Chalo! FreshCo: winning the South Asian shopper
Chalo! FreshCo: winning the South Asian shopper
With the ethnic market representing one of the largest growth opportunities for retailers in Canada, we review the latest store concept from Sobeys. The is based ...
Nov 2015


BIM, Istanbul, Turkey: discounter trials larger format stores
BIM, Istanbul, Turkey: discounter trials larger format stores
Leading Turkish discounter BIM is trialling a new large concept store where it offers an enhanced range in fresh produce, bakery and health & beauty; as ...
Nov 2015


New Aldi Nord store concept
New Aldi Nord store concept
Following decades of a hard discount strategy, Aldi Nord may soften its discount concept in the future.  This store we visited has been recently refurbished. It ...
Sep 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


Lidl, Letchworth, UK
Lidl, Letchworth, UK
We go inside Lidl’s new larger store format and assess how it creates new opportunities for growth. ...
Sep 2015


Colruyt, Ath, Belgium: fourth generation store softens shopping environment
Colruyt, Ath, Belgium: fourth generation store softens shopping environment
We visited Colruyt’s store in Ath to see how its new fourth generation design softens the shopping experience and helps it maintain the retailer’s strategic emphasis ...
Aug 2015


Lidl, Madrid, Spain
Lidl, Madrid, Spain
We go in-store at Lidl to see how the discounter is developing more supermarket characteristics in Spain. ...
Jul 2015


Netto, Doncaster, UK
Netto, Doncaster, UK
We visited Netto Doncaster, one of the first stores in the new estate, to see how the discounter is building its brand. ...
Jul 2015


Dagrofa, Copenhagen: a day with the retailer
Dagrofa, Copenhagen: a day with the retailer
We spent a day with Dagrofa in Copenhagen where we saw how the retailer is playing to win in fresh while capitalising on the growth of ...
Jun 2015


Heron Foods: a day with the retailer
Heron Foods: a day with the retailer
UK regional operator Heron Foods is developing a hybrid discount/frozen foods/convenience offer. IGD visited stores in the Hull area to see the new model at work. ...
May 2015


Aldi, Cheltenham, Melbourne, Australia
Aldi, Cheltenham, Melbourne, Australia
Aldi Cheltenham is one of the discounter's latest stores in Australia and showcases how the retailer’s latest initiatives are helping it attract new shoppers and build ...
Apr 2015


Lidl, Dusseldorf, Germany
Lidl, Dusseldorf, Germany
We've been in-store to see how Lidl is changing its approach in its domestic market. ...
Apr 2015


Axfood – Willys, Stockholm, Sweden
Axfood – Willys, Stockholm, Sweden
We visited this discount store where we appreciated how the banner is differentiating by promoting loyalty and low prices ...
Mar 2015


Jeronimo Martins, Biedronka, Poland
Jeronimo Martins, Biedronka, Poland
Learn about the latest innovation in the discount channel from our store visit of Jerónimo Martins’s Biedronka in Poland. Find out how is the discounter dealing ...
Jan 2015


Minipreco, Lisbon, Portugal
Minipreco, Lisbon, Portugal
We visited this Minipreço, one of DIA’s newest stores in Lisbon, to see how the retailer is successfully combining its price and proximity strategy to fulfil ...
Jan 2015


Auchan Atak, Moscow, Russia
Auchan Atak, Moscow, Russia
Auchan’s Atak is a price-oriented format with a wide range of economy-priced private label products. The concept will profit from the deteriorating economic situation in Russia, ...
Nov 2014


Netto, Leeds, UK
Netto, Leeds, UK
The UK’s first new Netto store: a joint venture between Sainsbury’s and Dansk Supermarked. Following a visit to Leeds, we explore how the discounter is differentiating ...
Nov 2014


DIA Market, São Paulo
DIA Market, São Paulo
We visited this new concept neighbourhood DIA Market store in São Paulo. With its strong perishables, bakery and convenience focus, it's a great example of ‘discountvenience’ ...
Oct 2014


X5's new discount concept
X5's new discount concept
X5 Retail Group has been remodeling its Pyaterochka discount stores to a new concept which has embedded the global trend of convenience and a new fulfillment ...
Oct 2014


Aldi, Hatfield and North Finchley, UK
Aldi, Hatfield and North Finchley, UK
We visited two different Aldi stores in London to see how the discounter is enhancing the existing estate while focusing on growing its city store format. ...
Sep 2014


Lidl, Czech Republic
Lidl, Czech Republic
Lidl’s discount store concept is blurring with the supermarket concept in Central and Eastern Europe. This report shows how Lidl tailored its store concept to local ...
Aug 2014


Dansk Supermarked: a day with the retailer
Dansk Supermarked: a day with the retailer
We spent a day with Dansk Supermarked in Copenhagen where we appreciated how the retailer is meeting shopper needs with winning strategies tailored by format. ...
Aug 2014


DIA, Madrid, Spain
DIA, Madrid, Spain
We spent a day with the DIA team in Madrid, visiting one of the company’s core store formats, DIA Market, and the innovative produce-focused Fresh by ...
Jul 2014


Bodega Aurrera, Mexico City, Mexico
Bodega Aurrera, Mexico City, Mexico
We visited this Bodega Aurrera discount store in Mexico City to see how Walmex is delivering a compelling value proposition for Mexican shoppers, bridging the gap ...
May 2014


Poundland, Wolverhampton, UK
Poundland, Wolverhampton, UK
We visited Poundland Wolverhampton to look at how the fixed price retailer has delivered a customer focused offer which caters for a wide range of shopper ...
May 2014


TodoDia, Sao Paulo, Brazil
TodoDia, Sao Paulo, Brazil
TodoDia is one of Walmart’s key formats for expansion as it looks to grow among less affluent shopper groups. We visited this store in São Paulo ...
Apr 2014


Aldi, Dunstable
Aldi, Dunstable
This store in Dunstable is typical for the Aldi estate and demonstrates why the discounters had such a strong Christmas and continue to attract more shoppers ...
Jan 2014


Jeronimo Martins, Warsaw, Poland
Jeronimo Martins, Warsaw, Poland
Biedronka is a high performing player in Poland – we review its successful discount concept and its new drugstore venture. ...
Nov 2013


Kiwi Molla, Oslo, Norway
Kiwi Molla, Oslo, Norway
We take a look at how this discounter is advancing on the discount concept through offering a breadth of fresh product, increasing in-store efficiencies and importing ...
May 2013


Aldi Sud, Melbourne, Australia
Aldi Sud, Melbourne, Australia
We visited Aldi Süd in Point Cook, Melbourne, to see how the discounter is communicating its core principles of quality and value, while successfully tailoring its ...
May 2013


Aldi Nord, Marburg, Germany
Aldi Nord, Marburg, Germany
As Aldi Nord continues it modernization programme, we visited its new format Marburg store to learn more about the improvements in range and in-store environment that ...
May 2013


Lidl, Frankfurt, Germany
Lidl, Frankfurt, Germany
The domestic German market remains the most important for Lidl, accounting for c.45% of its total turnover worldwide. We visited this city centre store in Frankfurt ...
May 2013


Aldi, Atherstone, UK
Aldi, Atherstone, UK
We visited Aldi’s Atherstone store to learn more about the latest initiatives behind the discounter's recent success. ...
Dec 2012


Penny Market, Pioltello, Milan, Italy
Penny Market, Pioltello, Milan, Italy
We spent time with the Penny Market team in Italy to see how the challenging trading environment is impacting Penny, and to check out the latest ...
Oct 2012


Aldi, North Sydney, Australia
Aldi, North Sydney, Australia
This store is located in the busy commercial area of North Sydney, and showcases Aldi’s latest thinking in terms of store format, ranging and shopper communication. ...
Oct 2012


Simply Market, Warsaw, Poland
Simply Market, Warsaw, Poland
We spent two days with the Simply Market management team in Warsaw, visiting some of their latest store concepts. This store visit brings together the key ...
Oct 2012


Magnit, Moscow, Russia
Magnit, Moscow, Russia
There are currently nearly 5,500 Magnit neighbourhood stores in Russia and the format is set for further aggressive expansion across the country in the next few ...
Jun 2012


Dixy, Moscow, Russia
Dixy, Moscow, Russia
Russian Dixy Group has recently implemented a new marketing strategy that included a complete redesign of the group's brand identity and store makeover. Click here for ...
Jun 2012


Aldi Nord, Castrop-Rauxel, Germany
Aldi Nord, Castrop-Rauxel, Germany
Castrop-Rauxel is a key store opening for Aldi Nord. Significant investment has been made to modernise the in-store experience and to develop variety in range. This ...
May 2012


Lidl, Dortmund, Germany
Lidl, Dortmund, Germany
We visited Lidl in Dortmund to take a first hand look at the discounter’s latest thinking in store format. The key trends that we spotted include ...
May 2012


Penny, Lampertheim, Germany
Penny, Lampertheim, Germany
A revival of the Penny concept is underway by Rewe Group. We visited the Lampertheim store to have a look. ...
May 2012


X5 Retail Group, Moscow, Russia
X5 Retail Group, Moscow, Russia
We spent a day with the X5 Retail Group in Moscow, visiting all its latest store formats. Click here for our assessment of its multi-format strategy ...
Apr 2012


Denner Express, Zurich, Switzerland
Denner Express, Zurich, Switzerland
We spent a day with the Denner management team in Zürich, visiting some of their latest test store concepts, including the new format Denner Express and ...
Apr 2012


FreshCo Richmond Hill, Toronto, Canada
FreshCo Richmond Hill, Toronto, Canada
This Sobeys FreshCo discount format store strongly focuses on its fresh credentials, with fresh meat and fish counters, a first for the format, a key feature ...
Nov 2011


Colruyt, Brasschaat, Belgium
Colruyt, Brasschaat, Belgium
On our recent trip to Belgium, IGD visited a Colruyt discount store to take a look at the main features of this low cost, high value ...
Nov 2011


Mercadona, Las Arenas, Barcelona, Spain
Mercadona, Las Arenas, Barcelona, Spain
We visited several Mercadona stores, in and around Barcelona city centre, to see how the retailer's soft discount model is performing in the challenging Spanish market. ...
Sep 2011


Penny, Dusseldorf, Germany
Penny, Dusseldorf, Germany
IGD visited this Penny, Rewe's Discount store in Düsseldorf on 14 April at 2pm. ...
Jun 2011


Aldi Sud, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Aldi Sud, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Alongside regular bakery shelving, Aldi Süd features an innovative automatic vending machine for freshly baked bread. IGD visited this store in April 2011. ...
May 2011


Lidl, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Lidl, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Lidl in Frankfurt am Main features the new in-store bakery which offers a wide variety of traditional loaves, baguettes and sweet products. IGD visited this store ...
May 2011


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