United Kingdom 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

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06/06/2022
See inside our pick for June's store of the month, Shell Select, Fulham, UK, Shell's first electric vehicle only station in the UK.
28/02/2022
See inside our pick for February’s store of the month, Aldi Shop&Go, London, UK. It is the retailer’s first checkout-free store in the UK.
05/01/2022
See inside our pick for January’s store of the month, Asda, Milton Keynes, UK. See how the new flagship store has been transformed from a functional hypermarket to a leisure oriented retail destination.
25/05/2021
See inside our pick for May’s store of the month, Eataly, London, UK. Be inspired by how the retailer attracts shoppers back into the City of London with its amazing counters, fresh ingredients and open kitchens.

Presentations

04/05/2021
Find out how Eataly’s new London store seamlessly combines retail and foodservice to create an exciting experience for shoppers. Situated in an area that has seen the biggest fall in footfall in the UK during the pandemic, the opening demonstrates Eataly's confidence that office workers, shoppers and tourists will return.
23/04/2021
Despite shoppers’ changing habits because of the pandemic, and Aldi launching a click and collect service, the discounter continues to put its stores at the heart of its operations. In this presentation we look at what this looks like. We highlight six new in-store features, and how Aldi is championing three of our discount trends for 2021.
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.
16/03/2021
After eight months of redevelopment work Hempstead Valley has been reborn as Sainsbury's new flagship. Packed full of new features, including Sainsbury's first Fresh Food Market, this store demonstrates how Sainsbury’s is taking forward its new Food First strategy while also responding to changes in shopping habits from COVID-19.
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.
23/02/2021
Penwortham, Lancashire, is Tesco's first new larger store opening in six years. This compact fresh-focused supermarket supports customers on full weekly shops as well as those on meal-focused and top-up shopping missions, with a locally appropriate range. It also pushes boundaries on sustainability and energy efficiency.
02/02/2021
In this first look report we explore key elements of Holland & Barrett’s newly transformed store design, which focuses on making wellness more accessible and showcases the latest trends. We saw these developments in action in its redesigned store in Hemel Hempstead, which was updated in December 2020, and comes after the launch of its first updated store concept in Chelmsford in July 2020 and a larger store in Angel Islington.
08/12/2020
See inside Central England Co-op's new flagship store featuring its latest design thinking and new innovations launched by the retailer for the first time.
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.