Convenience stores remained one of the fastest growing grocery channels in Poland in 2018. Consumers choose this format due to the opportunity to do basic and complementary shopping in close proximity to their places of residence.
Legislation limiting shopping to the first and last Sundays of the month as of March 2018 was implemented in Poland. Convenience stores is less affected by the new law than most other store-based channels.
Forecourt retailers is becoming an increasingly strong channel in retailing in Poland. The ban on Sunday trade is beneficial for forecourt retailers, which, according to the regulations, may open on all Sundays, including non-trade ones.
In 2018, Eurocash SA led overall convenience stores in terms of value share and the number of outlets. PPHU Specjal Sp zoo as global brand owner gained strong share as a result of the takeover of a majority stake in the Rabat grocery stores chain (locally represented by PSH Nasz Sklep SA) and the acquisition of the Aligator chain.
The growing number of convenience stores is closely connected to the drop in the number of traditional grocery retailers. The integration of smaller retailers into strong distributors continued to give them the opportunity to compete against the strongest players, mainly discounters.
In 2018, Zabka Polska and Microsoft announced the implementation of the new format of Zabka convenience stores. The basic communication channel with the client is to be a mobile application that will be personalised in terms of location or customer habits.
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