corner-storeAustralian industry research group BIS Shrapnel has reported a 34% decrease in the number of corner stores between 2010 and 2012. They attribute this to the rise in the number of petrol stations incorporating convenience stores with expanded food and beverage offerings. Many of these are owned by Coles or Woolworths. An estimated 2725 corner stores remain, with the average annual takings decreasing from $985,000 to $750,000 in the past two years.For a look at the history of neighbourhood shops and corner stores, see the New South Wales Department of Environment’s publication: Living History: How shops show their age.