The Welsh Local Shop Report

The Association of Convenience Stores’ 2017 Welsh Local Shop Report reveals the essential contribution that convenience stores make to the Welsh economy, generating £309m in sales and employing 25,000 people.

The report demonstrates the importance of independent retailers in Wales, with 89% of stores being small businesses. Convenience stores in Wales also have a unique reach into every community, with two thirds of stores located in rural and isolated areas.

Key findings from the report include:

  • 57% of convenience stores in Wales operate as an isolated store, with no other retail or service businesses close by
  • Convenience stores have invested over £53m in their businesses over the last year on improving their stores
  • 20% of Welsh retailers work more than 70 hours per week and do not take any holiday throughout the year
  • 89% of independent retailers in Wales have engaged in some form of community activity over the last year, making Wales the most engaged region in the UK in terms of community activity

Download the 2017 Welsh Local Shop Report