Despite a difficult year for retail, UK supermarket and convenience stores continued to open which we have captured and included in the latest version of the Retail Points. Aldi and Lidl both continued with their ambitious expansion plans. In December 2020, Aldi had stores in Glasgow and Milton Keynes open, whilst Lidl opened stores in Basingstoke and Mansfield.

Tesco opened multiple Express stores in January 2021 including stores in Guildford and Swansea. They also opened their first superstore in six years in Penwortham, Lancashire on 29th January 2021. Morrisons opened a store at Dalton Park, Seaham in November 2020 as well as rolling out more Morrisons Daily locations. While the towns of Clacton-on-sea, Bletchley and Portsmouth all saw closures of their Sainsburys stores last month, Brackley bagged itself the first supermarket opening from Sainsburys in 2020. Midcounties Co-operative Society and The Co-operative Group each opened a healthy contribution of stores to the market.

The data set also now includes Planet Organic stores, after the retailer acquired As Nature Intended, a competing organic and natural food retailer, last year. Planet Organic closed three of the As Nature Intended stores (Dulwich, Stratford and Marble Arch) whilst converting four into Planet Organic stores (Chiswick, Ealing, Balham and Spitalfields).

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Rebecca Mellor, Data Analyst Apprentice at Geolytix