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Number of grocery stores in Canada by employment size 2018

Number of grocery stores in Canada as of December 2018, by employment size

by Emma Bedford, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Number of grocery stores in Canada by employment size 2018 As of December 2018, small grocery stores, which employ between five and 99 employees, were the most widespread type of grocery store in Canada. There were 8,603 small grocery stores located across Canada at this time, compared to 5,661 micro (1-4 employees), 1,351 medium (100-499 employees) and just eight large (over 500 employees) grocery stores.
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.
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Number of grocery stores in Canada as of December 2018, by employment size

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