Mere, a budget supermarket, is set to open its first UK store in Preston, and it has started taking deliveries of stock.Advertisement
Known at the ‘Russian version of Lidl’, discounter Mere claims to be 30 per cent cheaper than Aldi and Lidl.
The Preston store was originally meant to open in June, although this was pushed back and now an exact date is said to depend on when it can complete finishing touches.
The fact the store is accepting deliveries of stock seems to hint the launch date is getting nearer, however.
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Preston is not the only store which is opening – a further three Mere outlets are planned this year including two in Wales and another in the North of England.
In total, the discounter has said it wants to open 300 sites in the UK in the next eight to ten years.
Mere, which trades as Svetofor in Russia, has 3,200 stores internationally and opened its first European Mere store in 2018.
Mere stores are expected to double up as warehouses, with images from other sites across Europe showing items displayed on palettes.
Suppliers are also expected to deliver straight to the shops, which will each be about 10,000 sq ft.
As well as fresh food, Mere shops across Europe also have chilled and frozen ranges.
Each store in the UK will have around 1,200 items and just eight staff.
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