In order to better cater to the demands of busy consumers who live in urban environments, a number of companies are experimenting with the launch small-scale retail spaces. This includes ultra-condensed stores like Walmart To Go, Target Express, Sephora Studio and London Drugs' LDExpress.
Although these stores lack the space to hold the inventory that can be found in big-box retail outlets, they offer curated selections to the discerning urban shopper who is pressed for time. An example of this is the hybrid Fourth + Court Hy-Vee "grocerant," which sells a selection of fresh produce and prepared meals.
Retailers are pushing the limits of small-scale retail spaces by exploring 1,400 square meter department stores, pop-up restaurants in laneways and even entire shopping malls that occupy just 6,800 square feet in all.
From Express Grocery Stores to Micro Basement Bakeries
Micro Pop-Up Stores
Netshoes' Cleverly Creates the Smallest and Largest Sporting Goods Shop
Scaled-Down Department Stores
The New David Jones Store Offers a Curated Selection of Items
Small-Footprint Beauty Retailers
'Sephora Studio' is a New Store with Same-Day Ordering
Ultra-Condensed Pharmacy Shops
London Drugs is Opening a Small Store Called 'LDExpress'
Self-Serve Shopping Cafes
Alibaba's 'Tao Cafe' Takes the eShopping Experience Offline
Experimental Small-Format Flagships
Target Has Opened Its First Small-Format Urban Stores in NYC
Urban Grocerant Concepts
The Fourth + Court Hy-Vee in Des Moines Sells Groceries & Prepared Meals
Compact Korean Shopping Malls
The Lotte El Cube Mall Caters to Young, Fashion-Conscious Shoppers
Micro Basement Bakeries
Pâtisserie Petit Lapin is a Small Bakery Creating Delicious Treats
Secret Celebratory Burgers
A foodora Burger's Priest Pop-Up Hit Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver
Express Grocery Stores
Sobeys' Unveiled a New Express Store Concept in Nova Scotia
Big-Box Convenience Shops
'Walmart To Go' is the Brand's Take on the Convenience Store Format