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.