Foodservice Solutions® Grocerant Guru® Steven Johnson as regular readers of this blog know says that success does leave clues. One sure clue most food retailers have picked up on is that small formant stores are fueling retail foodservice success and Carrefour has developed a template for that success.
We need not look any further than a recent study by Package Facts that found “the average square footage of supermarkets has fallen since 2006 and is now approximately 46,000 sq. ft. Even smaller size formats of 25,000 sq. ft. or less, modeled by chains like Trader Joe’s, Aldi’s and Lidl, have proven to be successful.”
While Carrefour has found success other formats are now being tested as well including Ahold’s bFresh and Whole Foods 365 markets. These stores are catering to smaller households in urban areas, and to shoppers who appreciate the accessibility and navigability of a smaller shopping space something Carrefour has perfected.
Recently Carrefour has opened its 4,000th convenience store in France – a ‘bespoke’ Carrefour Express unit, covering 180 square metres, filled with grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh food. The new unit offers the city’s dwellers a selection of nearly 3,500 SKUs, among which is an 'extensive' range of fresh produce, fruit, vegetables and snacks. An in-store bakery is also available.
Foodservice Solutions® team is here to help you drive top line sales and bottom line profits. Are you looking a customer ahead? Visit www.FoodserviceSolutions.us for more information or contact: Steve@FoodserviceSolutions.us Remember success does leave clues and we just may the clue you need to propel your continued success.