During the forecast period, it is likely that the consumer foodservice outlets positioned in shopping centres and other retail locations will face rising overheads as the rising price of real estate in the Czech Republic is expected to underpin an increase in commercial rents. This will inevitably make retail locations less competitive for self-service cafeterias, requiring them to increase the price of menu items or face substantial erosion of their margins.
White-collar professionals, office workers and service industry personnel are expected to continue comprising a significant proportion of the core customer base for self-service cafeterias in the Czech Republic throughout forecast period. However, the increasing diversity in the Czech consumer foodservice industry means that those among this crucial consumer base have an increasingly diverse range of options to choose from.
While there is already a certain degree of saturation and maturity in self-service cafeterias positioned in retail and standalone locations, the forecast period is likely to see further development in chained self-service cafeterias in travel locations, where there is still considerable room for expansion. In particular , it is expected that self-service cafeterias will begin to appear in more motorway services areas, especially those positioned alongside the country’s major international transit routes.
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Self-service cafeterias are outlets where there is no (or limited) service content. Rather than table service, there are food-serving counters/stalls where customers take the food they require as they walk along, placing it on a tray. In addition, there are often stations where customers order food and wait while it is prepared, particularly for items such as hamburgers or tacos which must be served hot and can be prepared quickly. For some food and drink items, customers collect an empty container, pay at the check-out, and fill the container after check-out. Free second servings are often allowed under this system. For legal purposes (and the consumption patterns of customers), this system is rarely or never used for alcoholic beverages. Self-service cafeterias do not have a cover charge, customers are either charged a flat rate for admission (as in a buffet) or pay at the check-out for each item. Some cafeterias also charge by weight. Self-service cafeterias resemble contract catering self-service cafeterias such as canteens, dining halls and cafeterias located within institutions such as a large office building, school and universities. However, fully captive contract self-service cafeterias are excluded from consumer foodservice. Unlike fast food, self-service cafeterias feature a menu comprising full, regular meals, often with a large choice of first course, main course and desserts. As cafeterias can effectively serve large number of customers with comparatively few employees, they are often found within larger complexes, for example, department stores, shopping malls, travel foodservice (motorways stations, railway stations, airports). Self-service cafeteria examples include: Ciao (Autogrill), Flunch (Agapes Restauration SA), IKEA (Inter Ikea Systems BV)See All of Our Definitions
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