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.


See how Carrefour has evolved its hypermarket in Belgium with an emphasis on food and locally sourced products. We've been impressed with the fresh food area and the many food-to-go solutions. Well executed designs across grocery categories create a much improved shopping journey.
Lidl France continues to evolve its stores' layout, reducing the gap with traditional supermarkets. Improvements of private labels and the introduction of more brands contribute to the retailer's current success.
See how 7-Eleven's new store design combined with vegetarian, vegan and organic food-to-go innovation creates a winning urban convenience format.
Health and beauty specialist, Douglas is trialling a new premium, service-led format in Germany. See how the retailer is innovating to transform its stores into experience touch points with its #FORWARDBEAUTY strategy.
ANIKo is Aldi Nord's multi-billion euros project to modernise its stores across Europe. We visited Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany and The Netherlands to see how it is rolled out.
First look at One Below, the new UK variety discount chain. We consider its key strategic differentiators and its approach to five key categories: health and beauty, household, grocery, seasonal and pet.
We were so impressed with S Group's new flagship food hall that we highlighted it as one of our 'Top 16 stores you must visit in 2019'. Find out what makes the store special, including its premium, counter-driven shopping experience, technology, meal solutions and in-store dining.
We visit Well’s newest store concept designed to improve the customer experience.
We visited BP's latest Wild Bean Café development to see how it is pushing the boundaries of what a forecourt food-to-go offer can deliver, while remaining true to the needs of its core customer base.
See how the German drugstore operator is standing out with private label.