Convenience store visits

Our store visit reports feature floor plans, store photos and full commentary written by our team of international retail experts. Dozens of reports are made every year of stores that feature new concepts in food and grocery retail.

Videos

27/01/2021
See inside our pick for January’s store of the month, GRIDSERVE, UK. We look at how the world’s first solely electric forecourt provides a strong retail offer and useful facilities for customers whose dwell time will be much longer than the current refuelling pitstop.

Presentations

07/12/2020
Although the COVID-19 pandemic curtailed most of our travel plans in 2020, there has been no shortage of new store concepts. We highlight 50 new food retail and drugstore concepts that are set to inspire store developments in 2021 and beyond.
03/12/2020
In 2018, discounter Dia launched the convenience-orientated banner Dia&Go with the aim to better cater for top-up missions and drive sales growth again. We recently visited a store in Madrid where we noticed the latest development in terms of products and display. The store also features the brand new private label Al Punto for food-to-go products.
03/11/2020
Launching amid the unprecedented challenges of Covid-19, Morrisons first standalone Market Kitchen store is an impressive and inspiring concept. It will set new expectations for how to combine a high quality and innovative foodservice operation within a compact supermarket format.
27/10/2020
Focus on food-to-go and fresh, delivering value and offering a quicky and easy shopping experience help Co-op engage with younger student shoppers, in this franchised campus store.
15/10/2020
Dongguan is an important industrial city, historically a manufacturing hub for many businesses in China. This report summarises some of the key highlights from stores that we have visited.
12/10/2020
A ‘new generation’ motorway service area is the location for Sourced Market’s travel hub expansion and first store outside London
18/09/2020
Bach Hoa Xanh is a convenience retailer which opened its first stores in 2016. It is currently operating more than 1,600 stores in Vietnam. We review its developmental milestones and in-store best practices in this report.
04/09/2020
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, convenience chains in Japan have struggled. However, Lawson’s minimart format, Seijo Ishii, continues to trade strongly. We review its latest performance, in-store category best practice and supplier opportunities.
05/08/2020
David Jones is on a drive to bring an improved premium food offering to Australian consumers. We visited two of its first stores in Melbourne in early 2020; its standalone convenience store in South Yarra and its first store on a BP forecourt in Bayside Gateway, to better understand the offer and what the potential is for David Jones to inject innovation into the Australian convenience sector.
28/07/2020
Meiyijia is one of the fastest growing convenience chains in China. This report highlights best practice from stores in Guangdong province, with retailer context considered.