B&M, Aldi and Frozen Value grew their portfolios by double digit…

Convenience is the sector everyone is talking about, but the supermarket space race is far from over, according to this year’s Grocery Retail Structure.

The number of supermarkets (stores between 3,000 sq ft and 25,000 sq ft) grew 5.2% from 7,144 in 2012 to 7,513 this year, the annual GRS, compiled by William Reed Business Media and IGD reveals.

In contrast, the c-store sector grew by just 1.1% to 41,670 shops, as the headlong incursion into this market by multiples and symbol conversions, were offset by a 411-store reduction in the number of unaffiliated c-stores…