Canada 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

28/07/2020
We visited Vancouver's first drive-thru grocery store to discover the inspiration behind the format and what it could mean for the wider industry.
21/07/2020
As Walmart Canada looks to implement many of the technologies that have proved successful for Walmart in the US, we look at how the retailer has built its leadership in this area and what else Walmart Canada could draw-on to make a step-change in its business.

Presentations

04/04/2022
Discover how Metro has evolved its discount format to better meet the needs of urban shoppers in Canada's largest city.
02/02/2022
For the first time, Loblaw has extended its Pane Fresco brand beyond its Fortinos banner, enabling the retailer to deliver a new proposition for bakery and prepared foods. We recently visited its flagship Toronto store to see how it continues to raise the bar in these areas.
07/12/2021
Farm Boy is spearheading Sobeys’ push to gain share in the Ontario market, especially in urban locations.
16/11/2021
Over recent months, Walmart Canada has remodelled several stores to launch different pilots as it evolves its store of the future.
19/07/2021
We look at how Metro continues to evolve its core supermarket offer, bringing to life its strengths in fresh, prepared foods and local sourcing.
07/04/2021
We recently visited Sobeys' Safeway-bannered supermarket which has been opened in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Canada. We look at how the retailer has adapted the format for this urban location and how it fits into its broader strategy.
15/01/2021
Save-On-Foods' latest store development showcases its strengths in prepared foods, local sourcing and health and wellness, aiming to meet multiple shopper missions through its core supermarket format.
03/11/2020
We visited Fresh St. Market's Vancouver flagship to see how the retailer has adapted its offer for an urban catchment.
15/06/2020
We visited Longo's latest store concept in Toronto, where it has partnered with Amsterdam Brewery to integrate a brewery into the store.
04/05/2020
We visited the latest concept from Loblaw’s discount supermarket format Maxi near Montreal. It offers an enhanced shopping experience while maintaining the low price position and supporting shoppers on a value-based mission.