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.


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.
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.


We visited Metro's 'innovation' store concept in Quebec City to see how the retailer has created an elevated store experience through a focus on fresh and prepared foods, a new bakery format and local sourcing.
We recently visited Metro's Super C discount format in Quebec City to see how it's bringing its 'Zero Compromise' strategy to life in store.
We recently visited Sobeys' new Safeway extra format for Western Canada to learn more about its focus on fresh and natural foods, and the growing role of food-to-go within the business.
Last year Loblaw launched a new look and feel for its core discount format, No Frills. We visited a recently opened store to see how the model is evolving and why the retailer is seeing an accelerated shift of shoppers towards its discount formats.
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.

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.

With the ethnic market representing one of the largest growth opportunities for retailers in Canada, we review the latest store concept from Sobeys. The is based on its core FreshCo model as discount is the format of choice for the majority of South Asian shoppers in Canada.

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.

Shoppers Drug Mart’s enhanced ‘beautyBOUTIQUE’ has been developed to offer shoppers an elevated prestige beauty experience. With a focus on premium brands, digital signage and new fragrance and dermatology areas, this concept raises the bar in drugstore and beauty retailing.
With three in ten Canadians forecast to be a member of a visible minority group by 2031, Nations Fresh Foods has developed a flagship concept that is designed to meet the needs of multi-ethnic shoppers in Canada.  Take a look at how it has developed a best-in-class foodservice offer to drive traffic and build broad appeal.