C-stores and independent grocers are leading a new boom in community shopping centres, which are increasingly taking business from out of town ‘destination centres’, according to a new report published earlier this week.

The report, by estate agent Savills and shopping centre investor Ellandi, surveyed more than 8,000 shoppers and found the rise of convenience meant consumers were less willing to travel to large retail schemes and more inclined to shop locally and more frequently.

It found that despite their desire for convenience, shoppers were spending large amounts of time in these local shops, with 44% of trips lasting longer than an hour.

The report also discovered 78% of shoppers visited a community…