In South Africa, informal township ‘spaza’ shops, which first appeared in the 1970s and were essentially community convenience stores, still exist today. They thrive in some areas and are one example of how a newsagent/convenience store can remain relevant, and to some extent profitable, in South Africa today.
In little more than two decades, the South African retail liquor sector has moved from a basic commodity competing with home-grown alternatives to a sophisticated retail operation which also reflects international trend
Canada’s garden centres are to some extent limited by the colder climate and shorter growing season of their region. However, in many instances this has proved a useful incentive to demonstrate how the traditional garden centre model can be extended and diversified.
Despite some adverse criticism of the process, there appears to be a continuing demand for tanning. Though a market where there is controversy demands caution and careful research, it can also present opportunities for those prepared to set up a responsible business which demonstrably puts the interests of consumers to the fore.
Florists are recession-resilient and offer steady demand all-year round with spikes around Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. It suits creative types but experience and qualifications are arguably a must.
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