Top stores to see in 2017: part 2

Date : 28 December 2016

With our team of analysts visiting over 20 countries in 2016, we’ve identified the top stores you should visit in the year ahead to see some of the key trends shaping format development in the sector:

  • The development of new offers and services

  • Investment in new channels 

  • The re-purposing of space to ensure the future relevancy of existing stores

Here’s our second instalment of a three-part series featuring some of our top stores to see. Click here to view part 1.

UK: Sainsbury’s, London

Nine Elms is Sainsbury’s new London flagship, showcasing the layout, look, environment, service and product offer of Sainsbury’s supermarkets of the future. A store of many firsts, it hosts both an Argos and a Habitat concession, following the £1.4bn acquisition of Home Retail Group by the UK’s second largest grocer. The store also debuts Sainsbury’s new ‘Foodhall’ concept and is the first to include a purpose built Lloyds Pharmacy outlet.

Source: IGD Research

Why we chose it

  1. Demonstrates how Argos and Habitat can provide compelling new reasons to shop at Sainsbury’s, allowing Sainsbury’s to capture a much greater share of shoppers’ spend.
  2. Re-imagined food-to-go offer enables this large (5,700 SQ M) store to serve food-for-now shopper missions as effectively as main shopping trips.
  3. Sushi Gourmet concession reinforces a re-styled bank of counters and makes the ‘Foodhall’ concept more experiential.

Sweden: Urban Deli, Sveavägen, Stockholm

Urban Deli is a combination between a restaurant, a food hall, a supermarket and a bakery. The business originally launched in 2009 and now operates three sites in Stockholm. Urban Deli also has its own bakery production and offers catering, rental, conference and banqueting facilities. Leading Swedish retailer Axfood acquired a 50% stake in the business in 2014.

Source: IGD Research

Why we chose it

  1. Despite only operating three stores, this concept could grow further: it’s on trend with the evolution of broader food-led spaces, rather than being a just food retailer or restaurant. It’s store in Sveavägen is a blend between a retailer, restaurant and rooftop bar, with a focus on food-to-go.
  2. Modern design, cool look and feel and unique branding that sets it apart from the competition.
  3. It will be interesting to see how Axfood grows the Urban Deli brand further and implements learnings into its other store formats.

Romania: Mega Image Baneasa supermarket, Bucharest

Ahold Delhaize’s Mega Image is the largest retailer in Romania and a key player in the Balkans. It operates a portfolio of supermarkets and convenience store with a strong base in Bucharest. Mega Image is one of the most innovative retailers in the region. It has been testing several new store concepts featuring traditional local food, wine humidor and healthy living product.

Source: IGD Research

Why we chose it?

  1. Focus on premium elements including large wine humidor and cheese humidor.
  2. Emphasis on creating a market look and feel within the produce department.
  3. Focus on organics and healthy living as key differentiators within the market.

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