A new cheap supermarket is launching in the UK in the next few months, and it claims to be 20-30% cheaper than Aldi and Lidl.
Mere, a Russian supermarket will be opening stores across the UK as it expands in Europe.
The new budget supermarket will be opening four stores by summer 2021, with more opening soon.
We may think Aldi and Lidl are cheaper places to shop, but Mere can undercut their pricing by 20% – 30% as it follows a no-frills model.
The discounter supermarket prides itself on having low prices every day.
They can offer cheaper pricing as each branch will employ just eight members of staff. In addition, suppliers deliver directly to stores which helps to keep things lower in price.
Instead of stocking shelves, goods will be sold directly from pallets, and there will be walk-in chiller rooms.
Mere discount supermarkets don’t stock lots of different items, with each store carrying around 1,200 different products.
They won’t sell items like newspapers and magazines or premium and branded goods.
Where are the new Mere stores?
According to The Grocer, the following locations will have a new Mere supermarket:
Devon, Stockport, Neath, Banbury, Selby, Bradford, Middlesbrough, Grantham, Kettering, Plymouth, Beckenham, Gloucester, Northampton, Cardiff, Oswestry, Barnsley, Sheffield, Exeter, Stretford, Southampton, and south Scotland.
I have seen job adverts for Preston and Caldicot where they are looking to recruit store managers, cashiers, loaders and cleaners.
Store locations I’ve found so far are:
- Mere supermarket, 89 Carlton St, Castleford WF10 1DX
- Mere supermarket, Newport Rd, Caldicot NP26 4BG
- Mere supermarket, 198 Miller Road, Preston, PR2 6NH
They are also seeking landlords to get in touch with ideas for other locations for stores as it will likely expand quickly in the UK.
Mere is looking for store sites of around 10,000 sq ft with 30-40 parking spaces and a local population of 60,000 or more.
Unfortunately, there are no plans for a Mere supermarket near me yet…how about you?
What is Mere supermarket?
Mere is a Russian discounter supermarket which was founded in 2009.
By 2016, they had more than 1,000 stores in Russia.
China and Kazakhstan got their first stores in 2017, and in 2018, the budget supermarket expanded into Eastern Europe.
They now have Mere stores in Austria, Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine, Germany, Spain and Italy, with around 3,200 supermarkets internationally.
Is Mere supermarket online?
The Mere supermarket does not sell food online.
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