Forecourt & Convenience Retailing - Ireland - June 2019
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- Be open seven days a week and have extended hours of opening.
- Sell a range of groceries beyond simply CTN (confectionery, tobacco, news) categories.
- Usually trade from a unit of less than 3,000 sq ft (280 sq m).
- The scale and offer of a convenience store are dictated by its location and the amount of business it can attract.
A convenience store (also called a c-store or symbol group retailer) tends to be smaller in size compared to a supermarket, is traditionally open for longer hours and typically sells staple groceries and snacks, although it also stocks a range of non-food items. Many petrol stations also supplement their operations with the offer of convenience stores. Prices are typically higher than those in a larger supermarket.
In practice, c-stores should:
“Convenience stores remain key destinations for top-up shopping among Irish consumers in 2019, with a strong contingent of consumers (particularly in younger age groups) noting their interest in the expansion of the own-brand offering among forecourt and convenience retailers.”
– Brian O’Connor, Senior Consumer Analyst
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