In 2021, traditional grocery retailers saw slower value growth than any modern grocery retail channel, making it the worst performing grocery format. In outlet figures, the historic trend of decline continued.
Independent small grocers, traditionally called bakkal, continue to be the most popular retailers within traditional grocery retailers. Whilst these retailers generally lack products such as meat, delicatessen-style goods and vegetables, they do feature a variety of daily groceries, tissue and hygiene products and home care items.
Bakkal are a staple of urban neighbourhoods in Turkey and can be found in multiples on every street. They are customarily small independent family run businesses and therefore do not have the potential to scale the business and become a larger chained enterprise – at that point they become a chained modern grocery retailer.
Traditional grocery retailers is expected to continue losing out to modern grocery retailers as such stores are increasingly swallowed up by the latter. Traditional grocery stores struggle to compete with modern retailers, which are increasing their presence in urban neighbourhoods where traditional retailers were customarily at their strongest.
Traditional grocery retailers outlets tend to have very limited floorspace and consumers tend to visit them for their most imminent needs. Their advantage comes from the fact that they are everywhere and therefore always close at hand.
In a bid to protect independent shop owners, the Turkish Government is in the process of drafting a law prohibiting modern grocery retailers that are smaller in space than 1,500 sqm from selling tobacco and consumer electronics related products. Moreover, modern grocery retailers will not be allowed to sell within 200 metres of a traditional grocery retailers outlet.
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Traditional grocery retailing is the aggregation of those channels that are invariably non-chained and are, therefore, owned by families and/or run on an individual basis. For Euromonitor traditional grocery retailing is the aggregation of three channels: Independent Small Grocers, Food/Drink/Tobacco Specialists and Other Grocery Retailers. While there can be modern (i.e. chained) food/drink/tobacco specialists or other grocery retailers, due to the store's presence in the channel, these stores are still considered as traditional for Euromonitor International.See All of Our Definitions
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