UK Out of Town Retailing | Verdict Channel Report

Date: 2016-02

Sales through out of town are set to increase by 2.4% in 2014, outperforming both town centre, and neighborhood, for the first time in three years. However, while it starts out strong, this growth will plateau with both town centre and neighborhood passing it, in terms of sales growth, by 2019. In order to drive footfall, out of town must develop its overall mix to serve a wider customer base.

Key Findings
– Gain a greater understanding of the major issues set to impact out of town over the next five years. How can you capitalize on these changes?

– Use our winners and losers and sector analysis sections to benchmark performance against the market and your main competitors. How do you stack up?

– Shape future expansion strategies by comparing out of town against neighborhood and town centre across a number of metrics.

Food and grocery has dominated out of town in terms of its share of sales and space up to 2019 but sales densities are set to struggle. To reverse this, grocers need to drive traffic to stores, with click and collect being one option. However, inertia for click and collect exists among shoppers and grocers may have to coerce shoppers into using it.

One trend we expect to emerge within out of town is the continued shift towards softer sector such as clothing and general merchandisers as well as offering more leisure options. Such a change will be beneficial to retail park owners as it widens the potential customer base, drives footfall and increases dwell time.

While improving, sales densities through out of town will grow by only 2.8% between 2014 and 2019. This is due solely to grocers who will continue to expand despite the prevailing trend within grocery being the demand for smaller top-up shops. Densities will improve in the other sectors however as retailers remain cautious about opening new space.

Reasons To Buy
– How does out of town compare to other physical channels in terms of sales and space growth and sales densities over the next five years?

– How will grocery retailers compare to non-grocery up to 2019 and what issues will affect these retailers?

– After a torrid time throughout the downturn, how will the home related sectors (DIY and furniture and floor coverings) perform in 2014?

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