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

19/08/2019
We recently visited Tokmanni, the largest general discount retailer in Finland. We were impressed by its inspiring assortment, and attractive store concept. In this report we explore what we can learn from the retailer. 
14/08/2019
Blakemore Retail has used this brownfield site to create a multi-brand retail, food-to-go and sit down destination for local residents and transient customers.
12/08/2019
Aldi launched its first trial Local store in March 2019 in Balham, South London. Aldi has emphasised this is not a move to expand into convenience. Instead, it is a response to the challenges of operating in London, with a lack of the larger sites with car parks. In this store visit report we look at the format in more detail and identify how it differs from standard Aldi stores.
06/08/2019
This second example of the On the Go format shows how Co-op is effectively executing credible food-to-go options and a wider convenience offer in just 1,200 (very cool) sq ft.
29/07/2019
We visited two stores in Modena to see how SPAR is using its new stores to provide shoppers with a conveniently sized supermarket with great private label and fresh ranges.
24/07/2019
A closer look at Carrefour's new value driven hypermarket concept, Essentiel. It is part of Carrefour’s broader strategy to rethink and improve its underperforming stores. Store's concept: focus on efficiency, low prices and private label products; range has been strongly curated; more space for food, especially fresh, organic and halal products.
15/07/2019
Famila is part of the Italy-based retailer alliance Selex. The banner aims to offer shoppers a wide assortment, especially in terms of locally-sourced products, specialisation in fresh, a convenient in-store environment and value.
09/07/2019
We recently visited a Bargain Buys in North London to understand more about the Poundstretcher owned banner. The store is on the high street in a highly competitive area with an Aldi Local close by. It has a reduced offering from its larger branches, focusing more on a range that is easier to shop without a car. The variety discounter typically stocks around 5,000 SKUs of mainly branded products across food, health & beauty, garden and homeware.
08/07/2019
We visited Henderson Group’s new ‘In-Transit’ store concept to see how it is taking its offer to new heights. See how the retailer is merging foodservice innovation with retail execution to deliver on a number of important shopper missions.
03/07/2019
We visited the first of Amazon’s new Clicks and Mortar pop-up store concept, aimed at helping up-and-coming online brands grow their offline presence, reinvigorating high street shopping, whilst demonstrating how Amazon’s Marketplace supports new and innovative businesses.