Western Europe 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.

Presentations

21/10/2019
We visited Salling Group's banners, Bilka, Netto and føtex, to see how the retailer is tailoring its strategy by format. The stores showcase the retailer's latest thinking in terms of design, shopper missions and local trends.
16/10/2019
We visited the first Ali supermarket store in Bologna to see how the retailer was using its strengths in the quality of its service and products to make itself known in the highly competitive market.
15/10/2019
We recently visited Poundland Park Street Walsall, one of the 24 stores trialling the retailer’s new pricing structure. Poundland is looking to move further away from its dependency on the one price point, grow its range and satisfy more shopper needs. In this report we explore the store and trial further, identifying what we can learn about Poundland’s evolution.
07/10/2019
Dagrofa, which operates the SPAR banner in Denmark, has opened a flagship store in the highly competitive Copenhagen market. The new store introduces a completely updated design for the banner in the country, creating a new, shopper-first layout and offer that helps it stand out. Created to help SPAR’s independent store owners grow sales and with shoppers firmly front of mind, the format has generated a win-win situation for both parties.
16/09/2019
SPAR Merrion Row is a long-standing reference point in Irish convenience retailing. Its recent renovation and upgrade has moved it on several levels further, and further strengthened what was already an impressive food-to-go focus.
13/09/2019
We went in-store at the first gourmet Carrefour Market in Milan to understand how the store supports the retailer's global strategic aims, especially around overhauling the offer to promote food quality and creating an omnichannel universe of reference, while also meeting the needs of local shoppers.
06/09/2019
A first look at the rapidly growing Danish variety discounter’s first store in France. Normal focuses on health and beauty products with a strategy of everyday low prices and no promotional offers. The range includes mainly branded products sold at prices up to 50% cheaper than the market.
29/08/2019
We visited Wilko’s newly opened store in Acton, North West London. At 10,500 sq ft it is smaller than the retailers standard store. Expansion in London is a priority for the retailer and adapting the core proposition to fit into smaller sites is key to that expansion.
22/08/2019
We recently visited Coop Switzelrand’s latest premium food concept, Fooby. This is a best in class store in terms of design and immersive shopping experience. It emphasises on sustainable, local, natural, healthy, tastyand artisanal products.
22/08/2019
We visited the first 'daily' format in the Zurich region, to see how Migros is using its store to provide shoppers with a wide convenience range and its private label food-to-go range.