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

18/11/2019
We visited Walmart Canada's new hypermarket concept in Toronto. The new concept is part of Walmart’s hypermarket of the future programme and aims to appeal particularly to younger customers and families.
03/10/2019
Earlier this year, Sobeys launched its FreshCo discount format in western Canada as part of its plan to improve its competitiveness in the region. Recently, we visited its South-Asian inspired concept, Chalo! FreshCo, which also forms part of this initiative.
17/09/2019
We take a look at how Loblaw-owned, Shoppers Drug Mart, is encouraging senior shoppers to ‘age powerfully’ with its Wellwise format. See how the drugstore operator is catering for the growing number of over 65s living in Canada.
09/09/2019
The redevelopment of Metro's supermarket in Burlington reflects its commitment to deliver innovative formats across its store network. We visited this store to see how the retailer is enhancing its supermarkets to remain relevant in a fast-changing market.
30/04/2019
We visited a remodelled Walmart Supercentre in Toronto to see how the retailer is repositioning the format with a stronger emphasis on price and value, increasing the space for food and consumables and creating a more engaging non-food experience.
03/12/2018
We recently visited Dollarama, Canada's leading dollar store chain, to better understand the success of the format as it aims to grow its network to 1,700 stores.
22/10/2018
With its smaller footprint, focus on fresh and prepared ranges and private label excellence, Farm Boy offers consumers a differentiated experience. We recently visited its store on the outskirts of Toronto to see some of its key programmes in action.
20/08/2018
Almost seven years after it first opened, we revisited the flagship Loblaws Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto to see why this store remains a source of inspiration for global retailers.
30/01/2018
We visited Metro's 'innovation' store concept in Quebec City to see how the retailer has created an elevated store experience through a focus on fresh and prepared foods, a new bakery format and local sourcing.
04/12/2017
We recently visited Metro's Super C discount format in Quebec City to see how it's bringing its 'Zero Compromise' strategy to life in store.