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

10/01/2014
We visited ICA’s new convenience format to understand how the retailer is exploiting services to drive footfall
09/01/2014
We spent the day with Scotmid in Edinburgh to look at how the retailer is segmenting its estate. The presentation covers Barnton, one of the retailers upmarket stores and Prestonpans, the retailers trial value format.
09/01/2014
We visited two of McColl’s Retail Group’s convenience stores in north London to see how the retailer is evolving its convenience strategy, and what the supply chain deal with Nisa means for the retailer.
08/01/2014
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 suppliers.
12/12/2013

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 make this such an innovative format and to see how the retailer is aiming to maximise the store's appeal in this inner urban location.

05/12/2013

Takeley represents an exciting iteration of the One Stop model. A clear focus on fresh and the introduction of a bakery highlight the direction the business is moving.

26/09/2013

Albert Heijn’s strong recent focus on convenience comes together in this latest innovative store format, targeted at meeting distinct shopper missions. We reveal how the format is evolving with the new Albert Heijn to go.

02/05/2013

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 store in Clapham.

14/06/2012

Ahold’s new concept for convenience, focusing on food for now, integrates mobile technology and social media into the shopping journey.

04/04/2012

Walmart’s recently opened Neighborhood Market in Chicago demonstrates the retailer’s latest thinking in terms of smaller format development focused on the needs of urban shoppers. With a high degree of local relevancy, the product and service offer has been designed to capitalise on the immediate residential population and city workers.