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.

Videos

01/07/2021
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.
01/07/2021
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.
27/01/2021
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.

Presentations

02/09/2021
SPAR Pwllheli and SPAR Nefyn provide inspiration on how to merchandise fresh produce in convenience stores.
25/08/2021
Aldi opened in Australia what is probably its most ambitious and bold concept in the recent years. This new concept is about half the size of a standard store and focuses on fresh food products and convenience to meet urban shopper needs
27/07/2021
David Charman’s SPAR Parkfoot provides inspiration on how forecourts may look in the future.
29/06/2021
Amazon Fresh UK offers a ‘Just Walk Out’ easy-to-shop format with an impressive range of products catering to a range of key convenience missions. In this report we take a deep dive into the products on offer in the Chalk Farm store and review the shopping experience.
24/03/2021
Representing a striking break from established Iceland formats, we explore Iceland's new Swift concept with its innovative approach to integrating frozen categories within an effective, broad-based convenience range.
15/03/2021
We explore key elements of Sainsbury's new Neighbourhood Hub format. The new stores are a food-led extension of the retailer's convenience offer and are set up to serve longer missions due to their size and location.
09/03/2021
See inside Amazon's first convenience store offering its Just Walk Out Technology, used in its Go format, outside of the US. Key features include an easy shopping experience, the retailer's new private label range, by Amazon, and a focus on convenience missions.
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.
03/11/2020
Launching amid the unprecedented challenges of Covid-19, Morrisons first standalone Market Kitchen store is an impressive and inspiring concept. It will set new expectations for how to combine a high quality and innovative foodservice operation within a compact supermarket format.