Convenience stores witnessed another strong year of sales in Ireland in 2021. Whilst value sales levels were marginally lower when compared to the record-breaking figures of 2020, they were still notably higher than pre-pandemic levels.
In 2021, many convenience stores continued to be involved with a variety of charitable initiatives that engaged with consumers and local communities throughout Ireland. Many convenience store operators offer prominent community engagement programmes.
2021 witnessed further development in home delivery services provided by convenience stores. In December 2020, Centra launched a home delivery service which was available at 88 stores throughout the country by the end of the review period.
A sustained increase in the number of convenience store outlets is predicted for the forecast period. This is because players are continuing to adapt to new consumer habits and require further planning and construction processes.
Local consumers expect increasingly high in-store standards. These include both measures taken to protect against COVID-19 such as the availability of hand sanitiser, along with the use of technology, such as self-service checkout tills.
The pandemic led to a major increase in the popularity of convenience stores in Ireland, building on the already strong presence of the channel in the country. Sales will remain strong in suburban and rural areas, while stores in city centre locations will see a recovery in footfall.
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Chained grocery retail outlets selling a wide range of groceries and fitting several of the following characteristics: Extended opening hours Selling area of less than 400 sq metres Located in residential neighbourhoods Handling two or more of the following product categories: audio-visual goods (for sale or rent), foodservice (prepared take-away, made-to-order, and hot foods), newspapers or magazines, cut flowers or pot plants, greetings cards, automotive accessories. Sales data excludes foodservice sales. Example brands include 7-Eleven, Spar. Note: The number of branches required to be termed chained varies from country to country but is usually ten or more. If a multinational is operating in the country, then this is included, even if there are fewer than ten outlets under the brand.See All of Our Definitions
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