Italy - 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.


See inside our pick for April’s store of the month, Coop, Monza, Italy, the first autism-friendly supermarket in Europe.


We visited two of Carrefour's new proximity stores in Milan – Carrefour Express Urban Life and Carrefour Express Eat & Shop – to see how the retailer is innovating and evolving its small store presence to stand out from rivals and target new shopper groups.
Carrefour Carugate is the retailer’s flagship hypermarket in Italy. After a year of investment and updating, a smaller hypermarket has been reopened that is exciting, entertaining and with an upweighted focus on fresh to make it a destination store that helps insulate it from future developments in the market.
The supermarket of the future from Coop Lombardia in Milan is a great example of how a retailer is looking to implement industry-leading changes to the format.
We visited four hypermarkets, under the Ipercoop banner, to see how cooperatives are using centralised buying to offer greater prices and private label ranges, while also flexing their ranges to meet the needs of local shoppers
We visited a supermarket of one of Selex’s members’, Il Gigante, to see how it is embedding its mission to serve customers in the most efficient way; offer the best products at competitive prices; create an attractive store; while remaining honest to its community and Italian values and traditions.
We visited this Ipercoop in Turin to see Coop Italia’s latest initiatives in action, and understand how the retailer is flexing the format’s potential.
We visited this Mercato’ supermarket in the upmarket suburb of Rivoli, close to Turin. Opened in 2015, the primarily food-focused format integrates relevant non-food categories.
We visited this flagship EUROSPAR, close to Milan, to see how it reflects SPAR’s core values in freshness, price, quality and value.
Eurospin’s unique discount concept demonstrates great balance of value and customer service.