Convenience 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 July’s store of the month, BILLA Corso, Hoher Markt, Austria. It is an impressive city centre convenience store that offers both a convenient top-up or larger shop, as well as an in-store drinking experience.
See inside our pick for March’s store of the month, Kavanagh’s Budgens in Belsize Park, UK. Be inspired by the store’s outstanding execution in food-to-go, fresh produce, counters, bakery, and meal solutions.
See inside our pick for November's store of the month, Epic, France. It is a blend between a convenience store and a fine food specialist, making it unique and able to cater for both locals and tourists. Be inspired by the store's design, fresh food zone and the wine cellar.
See inside our pick for November’s store of the month, PBX, Stockholm, Sweden. Reitan Convenience has made one of its 'largest investments ever', by opening PBX, its sustainable convenience store of the future.
See inside our pick for August’s store of the month, Aldi Corner Store, Sydney, Australia. It’s the retailer’s first small-format store with a new layout and convenience-driven experience.
See inside our pick for July’s store of the month, Monop’, Paris, France. It’s the latest convenience concept from Groupe Casino which brings together food-to-go, local products, services and an unmanned retail section that is open 24 hours daily.
See inside our pick for January’s store of the month, GRIDSERVE, UK. We look at how the world’s first solely electric forecourt provides a strong retail offer and useful facilities for customers whose dwell time will be much longer than the current refuelling pitstop.


During a recent trip to Belgium, we visited six formats across Colruyt Group’s portfolio. This includes its discount, supermarket, organic-focused, and autonomous convenience formats. Understand each format in more detail including their different strategies and how they are meeting varied shopper needs.
We look inside Couche-Tard’s connected lab store to discover the technologies shaping the future of convenience retailing.
Discover three reasons why Korean convenience stores are standing out in Malaysia, from their excellent foodservice ranges, and effective use of digital, to their exclusive assortment.
This new SPAR store centres on sustainability and efficiency, with a focus on pure convenience.
In this report, we review all of the stores visited in Berlin in May 2023, and how retailers are aligning to the top five European trends we identified earlier this year. Retailers and suppliers can be inspired by the many initiatives displayed by German retailers in the capital.
Explore how 10 retailers, including Carrefour, Auchan, and Intermarché, in the French cities of Nantes and Rennes are creating excellence, competing on value, and meeting shopper demands with their stores in the two cities.
A first-of-a-kind Iceland Local brings extended frozen range to joint-fascia forecourt site
The Kavanagh Group opened its fifth Budgens store in early 2023: this unit in Belsize Park. The outlet was already a Budgens, but an extensive refit has seen it evolve significantly. The store trades from 10,000 sq. ft. and offers over 10,000 SKUs. Its core grocery offer is augmented by a wealth of service counters, food-for-later counters and food-for-now facilities. The focus of the store is on elevated merchandising, adept use of technologies, strong customer service and catering for a variety of shopper missions.
Discover how Circle K has optimised a small footprint store to build an offer around its strengths in cold and hot drinks, food-to-go and impulse ranges.
Majestic, the UK’s largest specialist wine retailer, has opened a new small store concept in Harpenden as it trials new ways of expanding its bricks-and-mortar presence.