While traditional grocery retailers continued to dominate grocery sales in 2021, they are consistently losing out to modern grocery retailers. It is older people and people on lower incomes who continue to shop in traditional grocery outlets, including markets and bazaars.
Traditional grocery retailers remained highly fragmented in 2021, with the most prominent players being local companies. Legion Asia Distribution continued to lead with its Legion brand.
Independent small grocers benefit from convenient locations in Uzbekistan, with many outlets found close to bus stops, particularly in Tashkent. Such stores are busiest during evenings and into the night, as consumers travelling home by bus or even in cars stop for impulse-purchases such as chocolate, snacks, carbonates, energy drinks, beer and cigarettes.
Over the forecast period, traditional grocery retailers will register minimal constant value growth. Continued infrastructure investment by chained modern grocery retailers is set to significantly cannibalise grocery sales.
Traditional grocery retailers account for the highest value share of grocery retailing in Uzbekistan and remains highly fragmented with numerous small retailers. Open markets and bazaars dominate the channel.
Although traditional grocery retailers will maintain their value sales lead over modern grocery retailers over the forecast period, the gap is expected to narrow as traditional grocery retailers struggle to compete for shoppers on several levels, including in terms of modern payment options, more flexible opening hours and frequent discounting. Over the forecast period it is expected that low-income consumers will become the primary clients of traditional grocery retailers, with mid-income and high-income consumers continuing to migrate to modern grocery retailers with their wide variety of imported brands.
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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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