The Welsh Local Shop Report

Convenience stores in Wales have invested over £49m in improving their businesses over the last year, according to new figures released by the Association of Convenience Stores today.

The ACS 2018 Welsh Local Shop Report outlines the huge contribution that convenience stores in Wales make to their local communities, as an employer, and to the Welsh economy.

Convenience stores in Wales are also more likely to be in rural areas than in any other part of the UK. Around two thirds of all convenience stores in Wales (65%) trade in rural locations, playing an essential role in small and otherwise isolated communities.

Other key findings from the report include:

  • There are 3,185 convenience stores in Wales, generating sales of £2.4bn last year
  • Convenience stores in Wales provide around 25,000 jobs for local people
  • 84% of independent Welsh retailers were involved in some form of community activity over the last year

Download the 2018 Welsh Local Shop Report