Increased working and studying from home, as well as less moving around generally during the pandemic, hampered the growth of convenience stores in 2021. Smaller convenience stores in particular lost out to bigger format stores.
Unmanned stores continued their expansion and maintained their growth trend in Sweden in 2021, with this being an especially popular format in light of COVID-19 and the desire for less contact with other people. Lifvs continued to open new outlets.
In 2020 almost all Coop Lilla and Coop Nära convenience stores were converted into Coop supermarkets. These place a greater focus on offering services such as e-commerce pick-up and foodservice.
In the forecast period, physical stores are expected to be increasingly transformed based on ongoing trends and customers’ changing needs. For instance, due to the apparent success of various companies’ unmanned stores in the market, there is potential for growth in this area.
In the forecast period, convenience stores is expected to see minor growth in outlet numbers, along with slow and stable current value growth. Stronger growth will be prevented by the dynamic increase in sales via e-commerce, which will cannibalise store-based sales.
Smaller formats of convenience stores, such as 7-Eleven and Pressbyrån, which are often in travel locations, will continue to being negatively impacted in the forecast period. Even as the COVID-19 situation normalises, many people are expected to work less from offices than during pre-pandemic times – if not working from home full-time, then at least switching to a hybrid model of working part of the week in the office and part from home.
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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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