The closure of restaurants and cafes in Northern Ireland as part of coronavirus restrictions have led to booming sales at supermarkets and convenience stores, according to a report.
Symbol convenience retailers such as Spar, Centra and Vivoextra have boosted their market share to 8.7% over the last year, up from 8%, according to research by Kantar.
The category boasts the biggest jump in value of sales of all segments of the grocery market over the last year, at 20.9%.
It comes as Henderson Retail opened its first VIVOXTRA community supermarket at Newry Road, Banbridge, creating 40 new jobs after completing a £4m build.
According to Kantar, German discounter Lidl was the only one of the four big multiples to add new shoppers over the last year as it recorded sales growth of nearly 15%. Lidl, which has around 40 stores here, has increased its market share by 0.2 percentage points to 6.3%, but it's still behind its three main rivals - Tesco, Sainbury's and Asda.
However, shoppers to Lidl were spending more on their visits, with a rise in volumes of 18.3% contributing an additional £35m to Lidl's overall growth.
Overall, the grocery market here grew by 10.4% over the year to November 1 - though growth accelerated to 12.9% over the last 12 weeks as people bought more food to cook at home after the closure of cafes and restaurants on October 16.
The closure of bars and restaurants has now been extended to November 27 - likely to bring a further uplift to supermarket sales. Cafes can reopen on Friday.
Tesco, which has around 50 stores here, remained the number one grocer with a market share of 35.4%, while its sales were up 10.7%.
Shoppers increased trip volumes by 16.2%, adding another £177.9m to the grocer's overall sales. Sainsbury's, which has 13 stores here, increased its sales by 10.2%, with its market share hovering at 17%. Asda, which has 17 stores in NI, grew its sales by 5.4%, and had a market share of 15.9%.
Kantar analyst Emer Helay said both grocers had benefited from the closure of cafes and restaurants.
Both retailers' customers added additional items to their weekly shops as people ate more meals at home, boosting trip volumes by 22.1% at Asda and 9.0% at Sainsbury's.