Number of grocery stores in Canada by employment size 2019

As of December 2019, there were over 15,500 grocery stores in Canada. Micro grocery stores, which employ between one and four employees, were the most widespread type of grocery store in Canada. There were 5,648 micro grocery stores located across Canada at this time.

Why are there more smaller grocery stores?

One explanation for the prominence of small and micro grocery stores in Canada is the rise of convenience shopping. Time is increasingly important to consumers, and therefore, offering a quick and easy shopping experience is key to capturing customers. Sixty percent of Canadians make micro-trips to grocery stores at least once a week. A micro-trip is defined as an in-store trip lasting less than five minutes. Stores must continue to optimize their size and layouts to accommodate for such shoppers.

The Canadian grocery market

Retail sales of supermarkets and other grocery stores amounted to around 84.13 billion Canadian dollars in 2018, an increase of over ten percent 2012. Loblaws was the leading grocery retailer in Canada in 2017, commanding around 29 percent of the total market. Sobeys was their biggest competitor with a 21 percent share.

Number of grocery stores in Canada as of December 2019, by employment size

Number of stores
1-4 employees5,648
5-9 employees3,302
10-19 employees2,312
20-49 employees1,290
50-99 employees1,595
100-199 employees1,165
200-499 employees261
500+ employees13
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Source

Release date

February 2020

Region

Canada

Survey time period

December 2019

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