Convenience stores on UK high streets have risen in number by 3%.
New data from mapping agency Ordnance Survey, analysed by the BBC, shows a rise in independent convenience stores from March 2020 to 2022.
Grocery prices rise by 1.7% according to latest Kantar data
There are around 1,600 new stores (3% increase). Supermarkets, organic and speciality food stores rose by similar numbers.
The success of food comes despite doldrums elsewhere in retail. Overall, there are 9,300 fewer shops than before the pandemic.
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