How many grocery stores is there room for in Poland?

Bartosz Bolecki, Retail Analyst at PMR
The number of grocery stores in Poland keeps shrinking. In 2017 alone (the latest year for which Central Statistical Office figures are available), a net of 5,600 stores were closed, leaving the total at 75,200. In the decade to 2017, more than 30,000 grocery stores disappeared. And early estimates suggest the trend continued in 2018, too. The vast majority of Poland’s grocery stores are small traditional shops – there were 52,200 of them at end-2017, i.e. nearly 70% of the total, according to our calculations – and it is this part of the market that most of the shrinkage has taken…

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