Canada 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

28/07/2020
We visited Vancouver's first drive-thru grocery store to discover the inspiration behind the format and what it could mean for the wider industry.
21/07/2020
As Walmart Canada looks to implement many of the technologies that have proved successful for Walmart in the US, we look at how the retailer has built its leadership in this area and what else Walmart Canada could draw-on to make a step-change in its business.

Presentations

19/07/2021
We look at how Metro continues to evolve its core supermarket offer, bringing to life its strengths in fresh, prepared foods and local sourcing.
07/04/2021
We recently visited Sobeys' Safeway-bannered supermarket which has been opened in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Canada. We look at how the retailer has adapted the format for this urban location and how it fits into its broader strategy.
15/01/2021
Save-On-Foods' latest store development showcases its strengths in prepared foods, local sourcing and health and wellness, aiming to meet multiple shopper missions through its core supermarket format.
03/11/2020
We visited Fresh St. Market's Vancouver flagship to see how the retailer has adapted its offer for an urban catchment.
15/06/2020
We visited Longo's latest store concept in Toronto, where it has partnered with Amsterdam Brewery to integrate a brewery into the store.
04/05/2020
We visited the latest concept from Loblaw’s discount supermarket format Maxi near Montreal. It offers an enhanced shopping experience while maintaining the low price position and supporting shoppers on a value-based mission.
22/01/2020
We visited the store on its opening day to understand how Metro is flexing its Super C format to adapt to the local environment. We were impressed by the design and the well-tailored assortment. The retailer is also testing a different category layout and wider assortments for organic foods and large pack products.
13/12/2019
Food Basics is Metro’s discount banner, serving value-seeking customers in Ontario, Canada. We recently visited its new store to see how it is adapting the offer to a smaller footprint.
18/11/2019
We visited Walmart Canada's new hypermarket concept in Toronto. The new concept is part of Walmart’s hypermarket of the future programme and aims to appeal particularly to younger customers and families.
03/10/2019
Earlier this year, Sobeys launched its FreshCo discount format in western Canada as part of its plan to improve its competitiveness in the region. Recently, we visited its South-Asian inspired concept, Chalo! FreshCo, which also forms part of this initiative.