Dubai grocers remain confident of their long-term survival despite growing competition from supermarkets, hypermarkets and the increasingly prevalent shopping malls. They are banking on the convenience they offer to maintain their position. According to a report from Gulf News , most small grocery stores report very little downturn in sales as supermarkets emerge. Most grocers point out it is the convenience they offer customers that has enabled them to carve out their market niche - and will enable them to retain in.