Food-to-go store visits



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 the retailer is blurring retail and foodservice in an urban environment.

We look at how this highly successful operator targets affluent shoppers in Rio de Janeiro.
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 the retailer’s third cookery school.
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 blurring in action, combining a focused fresh food offer with the La Place foodservice model from the Netherlands.
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 price.

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 store to see how the retailer’s format strategy is evolving.


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 meets students’ food-for-now and food-for-later needs in only 120 sq. m.

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 meet more shoppers needs.
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 stores meet the needs of different shopper bases, from those targeting larger baskets and others for smaller basket sizes and shoppers’ top up needs.
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.