Cafés/bars took another hit in 2021 as the category struggled to recover from the impact of COVID-19 as further restrictions were introduced during the year, including further lockdowns. Bars/clubs witnessed the largest decline in value sales in 2020 in percentage terms and it struggled to recover to pre-pandemic levels in 2021.
Costa Coffee announced its withdrawal from Slovakia in 2021 only two years after entering the market. The company was hard hit by the pandemic as most of its Costa outlets were located in shopping malls in Bratislava.
Bars/pubs suffered the steepest decline within cafés/bars in terms of the actual number of outlets in 2021. These outlets were among the most severely affected consumer foodservice outlets by the COVID-19 restrictions as only outdoor terraces were allowed to open for long periods during the pandemic, and even this exception was unable to compensate for the significant overall decline in sales.
Café/bars is not expected to see a return to pre-COVID-19 sales levels until 2023. The category was one of the hardest hit consumer foodservice categories by the pandemic and suffered heavy losses due to the measures taken by the government to contain it.
Outlets offering home delivery are likely to see the best performances with online ordering seeing strong growth in Slovakia over the last few years of the review period, but especially after the outbreak of COVID-19. Third party delivery providers such as Wolt and Bold Food have expanded their reach outside Bratislava and are planning to continue expanding across the country.
The pandemic has already led to huge losses for cafés/bars and as players look for financing this could result in a change in outlet ownership. Outlet closures and the re-opening of outlets under a new name/new management is expected to shake up the competitive landscape as players look for opportunities in post-COVID-19 Slovakia.
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This category encompasses all establishments where the focus is on drinking (either alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages). While a wide variety of snacks and full meals are offered, it is not uncommon for consumers to only order a drink. As a general rule, establishments deriving 50% of their income or more from the sale of drinks are included here.See All of Our Definitions
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