Europe 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.

Presentations

16/03/2021
After eight months of redevelopment work Hempstead Valley has been reborn as Sainsbury's new flagship. Packed full of new features, including Sainsbury's first Fresh Food Market, this store demonstrates how Sainsbury’s is taking forward its new Food First strategy while also responding to changes in shopping habits from COVID-19.
23/02/2021
Penwortham, Lancashire, is Tesco's first new larger store opening in six years. This compact fresh-focused supermarket supports customers on full weekly shops as well as those on meal-focused and top-up shopping missions, with a locally appropriate range. It also pushes boundaries on sustainability and energy efficiency.
02/02/2021
See the latest in-store development from the retailer in France, including several digital solutions and COVID-19 related investment. Understand how it is enhancing the discount shopping experience in its newly opened stores.
08/12/2020
See inside Central England Co-op's new flagship store featuring its latest design thinking and new innovations launched by the retailer for the first time.
07/12/2020
Although the COVID-19 pandemic curtailed most of our travel plans in 2020, there has been no shortage of new store concepts. We highlight 50 new food retail and drugstore concepts that are set to inspire store developments in 2021 and beyond.
03/12/2020
In 2018, discounter Dia launched the convenience-orientated banner Dia&Go with the aim to better cater for top-up missions and drive sales growth again. We recently visited a store in Madrid where we noticed the latest development in terms of products and display. The store also features the brand new private label Al Punto for food-to-go products.
25/11/2020
In November 2020 Aldi Süd opened its largest store ever in Germany with a footprint of nearly 2,000 sq m . It features an enhanced bakery, am improved fresh produce area, Infarm vertical farming units and electronic shelf labels.
20/11/2020
We visited one of Aldi's new generation of stores in the Spanish Capital. The new store maintains the distinctive no-frills discount feel, whilst enhancing their design and the fresh food categories.
12/11/2020
Carrefour Madrid Sur benefits from the retailer's current aggressive promotional strategy and comprehensive private label offer. These elements add to Carrefour's sustained investment in its fresh produce proposition, which is required to drive footfall.
05/11/2020
We visited one of Lidl's busiest store in Madrid, which sees more than 25,000 weekly shoppers. Being one of the largest stores in Spain, it stocks a range of more than 2,200 SKUs, 90% of which are private label products