Food-to-go store visits


See how this SPAR store overcomes the challenges of small basket sizes and price conscious customers by encouraging frequent visits.
Whole Foods Market continues to create some of the most compelling and innovative store formats in the sector. We recently visited its new store in North Burnaby, Canada to see how the retailer is developing its proposition around the key trends shaping food and grocery retailing, including fresh and locally sourced foods, natural and organic ranges, prepared foods and food-to-go.
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.
We've been in-store at one of the newest global Eataly stores, in São Paulo, Brazil, to assess the concept and to see what we can learn from it.

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.