Africa & Middle East 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.


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See inside our pick for May’s store of the month, Checkers in Paarl, South Africa. It features many innovative and creative display solutions and a strong emphasis on fresh food, bringing excitement to the shopping experience.
See inside our pick for August's store of the month, Naivas Foodmarket, Kenya. The new store concept is visually impressive, with a clear focus on fresh and enhanced store design.


These exceptional SPAR stores, three in Cape Town and two in Johannesburg, highlight how the business excels with experiential retail.
South Africa sets a high benchmark for exciting and experiential retail. Stunningly beautiful stores come as standard in affluent areas.
In this report we introduce the Checkers Food Franschhoek store.
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 from rivals in 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, focused on key everyday needs.
Woolworths Waterstone is a flagship store that represents the retailer’s strong intent to build a forceful presence in grocery retailing and provide a differentiated offer for shoppers.
We visited Makro Montague Gardens in Cape Town to see how the fascia is growing its sales and shopper numbers, while simultaneously implementing a multichannel strategy against the backdrop of an increasingly competitive South African market.
Pick n Pay Kenilworth Centre is one of the retailer’s ‘Next Generation’ stores, which in its 2016 full year results it highlighted the format as bringing ‘together improvements in store design, space allocation, product range, store operations, product replenishment and customer service’.
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 their vicinity and supporting them with great private label ranges and flexible format development.

The hypermarket is a core format for the Panda Retail Company. The retailer is in the process of maximising its hypermarket format to meet a wide range of shopper needs through the improvement of non-food ranges to make them stand out in-store. This evolution is being allied to the retailer’s strength in fresh fruit and vegetables, counters and its price focused offer to drive footfall and maintain loyalty.