Convenience Stores - UK - September 2009
Convenience retailing is changing fast. For years, it changed little while the food retailing market leaders concentrated on developing superstores to serve the primary weekly shop. But in the last ten years those same market leaders have turned their attention to C-stores and developed formats that serve consumers far better.
It is now increasingly clear that there are a variety of different types of locations for C-stores and each requires a different type of store.
How the retailers should adapt to these needs is a major theme of this report.
There is also a blurring of boundaries as C-stores add coffee and hot foods, many introduce seated cafés and fresh salad and premium chilled foods are available from the forecourts.
What do consumers want from the C-stores?
How can C-stores differentiate themselves from superstores?
What are the limits of growth for the major multiples in the C-store arena?
How should the smaller retailers react?
How important are green issues to consumers?
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