Following a positive performance in 2020 when the pandemic first emerged in Poland, convenience stores recorded further strong current value growth in 2021, in addition to further expansion of the channel’s outlet network. The convenience store concept has been particularly popular among local consumers due to its proximity to neighbourhoods and the offer of a wide range of products, which reduces the need to visit larger out of town locations such as hypermarkets.
Eurocash retained its overall leadership of convenience stores in 2021, despite losing further value share to closest competitor Zabka Polska Sp zoo. Eurocash is the largest wholesale distributor in Poland, which goes a long way to enabling it to keep its small format stores competitive under its banners ABC, Delikatesy Centrum and Groszek.
Convenience stores is also continuing to gain share from hypermarkets, the latter of which witnessed further notable sales declines in 2021, as consumers’ shopping habits have changed. This trend was already starting to emerge pre-pandemic, with a gradual switch from large, crowded shopping centres to more local, smaller stores.
Convenience stores is predicted to record further stable value growth (at constant 2021 prices) over the forecast period. The popularity of this format is growing as Poles appreciate being able to visit smaller, local store formats that offer significant convenience.
Operators of convenience stores are expected to invest in new product development to maintain consumer interest and effectively compete with other channels. Popular products and new launches are likely to include vegetarian and vegan options as part of growing health and wellness trends.
Forecourt retailers such as petrol stations are likely to further invest in the development of non-fuel sales over the forecast period, led by leading chain Orlen, which continued to expand its outlet network in 2021. Hungarian oil and gas company MOL Group signed an agreement with Grupa Lotos and PKN Orlen SA to acquire 417 Polish petrol stations in 2022.
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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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