In recent years, online shopping has taken significant retail market share away from the physical stores. However, this shift in consumer behaviour is an opportunity for food retailers as city planners and shopping centre designers incorporate a larger social and services elements in the retail experience, where customers can combine shopping with other activities such as dining, or wellbeing treatments, or going to the movies with their kids. As a result, many proactive food retailers are actively expanding to capitalise on the trend for shopping centres to ramp up their food experiences to attract new customers.
What does this mean for the food industry?
With consumers expected to be spending more time at shopping centres enjoying a range of activities, the diversity of food on offer becomes more paramount. According to Gary Powell, National Network Development Manager at Sandwich Chefs, a leading gourmet carvery and make your own sandwich franchise with presence in major Shopping Centres across Australia, there has been significant change in the food retail industry, especially around the quality of food offerings, and customer expectations.
According to Gary, customer tastes and expectations have changed considerably, with preference shifting towards higher quality food where they know where produce is from, what it contains and in what manner the food is prepared and presented, “The layout and visual setup of the store is just as important as the food being served. While a significant amount of capital is being put towards creating more social spaces by centres for food and entertainment, there is also a pressure from the customers regarding food quality.”
Shopping centres today aren’t just about the convenience of shopping, they’re also a place for people to socialise and enjoy themselves. Major shopping centres around Australia such as Chadstone in Victoria and Karrinyup in Western Australia are making major investments into this area. Karrinyup alone is pouring in $800 million dollars in their new development.
According to Gary Powell from Sandwich Chefs “Given the trends, this means it’s peak time to get involved, but doing this on your own can be difficult. Sandwich Chefs provides the opportunity to become a local franchisee with a proven business model, extensive training as well as help with finding the best possible location for the store. With the upcoming investment boom in retail experiences it’s a great time to get on board as soon as possible.”
Sandwich Chefs does not only give you the opportunity to own and operate multiple stores but also the support that comes from a business with 30 years of combined experience of creating a proven business system. Their stores are architecturally designed to deliver functionality and to also be visually striking, appealing and memorable for the consumer. They have no plastic packaging and source a lot of their produce from local producers. They have two main goals with their business; long term franchisee viability and to keep their customers happy and satisfied, through every step of the experience.
If you have been looking for the perfect business opportunity in this industry where full training and support is provided along with the chance of becoming a multi store owner then look no further than Sandwich Chefs. Click below to find out what opportunities are available and connect with the Sandwich Chefs team.
About Sandwich Chefs
Sandwich Chefs is Australia’s leading gourmet carvery and make your own sandwich franchise. They’ve enjoyed growing success as a brand and have over 30 years of experience developing a successful franchise system. With over 54 stores nationwide they’re always on the lookout for enthusiastic businesspeople to join with the possibility of multi store ownership.
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