Interestingly the small precinct in our village had a moderately sized coop but it wasn't doing enough business for its size and closed earlier this year. Its been split into 4 units, the largest one is being converted into a Tesco Express (hoping to open just before xmas they say). Although there is a Tesco Extra about a mile away the express will be handy for the older generation who like to walk but a mile there and back with shopping would be too much. Applied for an alcohol licence as well, 0600 - 2359 7 daysWe supply Tesco, and the reduction is skews is a strategic decision due to the fact when they went with the "Extra" very large store concept it was before the huge change in buying patterns via Amazon et al.
he Extra stores are struggling and are carrying skews like TV,s etc that just don't make money.
The Express and Mid Size stores are actually quite profitable due to carry far less range. Aldi and Lidl are very much a threat to all the large traditional multiples. I would expect to see a number of large store closures and or a reduction in skews available.