Store visits

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Newly remodelled Alperton is one of six format trials by Sainsbury’s to make big stores easier to shop, with features including a new mission-based layout and smart shop technology.
Eurospin’s unique discount concept demonstrates great balance of value and customer service.

With consumers increasingly preferring smaller and easier-to-shop supermarkets, we visited Portishead to see how Sainsbury’s is evolving the compact supermarket format, with a stronger fresh food proposition, supporting non-food offer and clearer value messaging.

We recently visited a couple of Henderson Group stores, trading under the SPAR banner, to see best-in-class convenience retailing in two very different formats and locations.
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.

Leading Turkish discounter BIM is trialling a new large concept store where it offers an enhanced range in fresh produce, bakery and health & beauty; as well as fresh food counters and exclusive private label products.


Giant Ekspres is a value-orientated supermarket chain operated by Hero Group, part of Dairy Farm International. The store at Cinere Mall shows how the retailer is looking at better understanding its customers and getting the basics right in-store.

Costco in Kawasaki showcases how the retailer is using its international expertise and destination appeal to gain competitive advantage, whilst flex its offer to suit the demands of Japanese shoppers.
As part of its new strategy, Real is investing in updating and modernising its hypermarkets across Germany, with 107 stores remodelled so far. We visited the Hamburg- Oststeinbek store to see the developments.

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.