Nervous supermarkets left with miles of aisles they don’t want

 In Aldi, International, Tesco
It’s the start of the great summer getaway and the traffic is heavy as families pile into their cars and head for British beaches that for once are as hot as their Mediterranean rivals.
There’s a lot to organise, but for families zooming along the A64 for Scarborough’s sun-kissed sands, stocking up on holiday groceries has never been easier. A quick pitstop at Asda’s drive-thru on the outskirts of York and you can have the shopping in the boot and be back on the road within five minutes. "You can order from your caravan or on the journey," says Mark Ibbotson, Asda’s chief operations officer. The service will reach 200 stores by the end of this year.
Heatwave or no heatwave, it has never been so easy to avoid setting foot in a supermarket, either by shopping online or making more frequent trips to local convenience stores. This is causing a major headache for grocery giants, who have spent the last 20 years engaged in a "space race" to open the most supermarkets.
Tesco won that battle and is almost twice as big as market number two Asda. But changing shopping patterns mean that those miles of shopping aisles are now weighing on profitability. Big-box out-of-town stores face a very uncertain future. The Institute of Grocery Distribution, the industry thinktank, predicts that £3bn less will be rung up in big stores (over 25,000 sq ft) in five years’ time. Meanwhile, the market share commanded by the high street discounters – Aldi, Lidl and Poundland – will almost double in size to account for £1 out of every £9 spent on British groceries.  The Guardin – Read more…

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