SHOPPERS have grabbed bargain groceries at a new supermarket dubbed “Russian Lidl”.
Mere has opened the doors of its first UK store in Preston today.
Mere in Preston used to be a Nisa store
Items on sale at Mere include brand names like Lenor
Mere stores are bare of fixtures and fittings seen at most supermarkets
Shoppers arriving at the store were promised price of up to 30% cheaper than its rivals.
Items on sale at the store – which is the first of 300 planned for the UK – include household goods like toilet roll and washing up liquid.
Groceries on sale at the store include pasta, biscuits and jars of sauces.
Like German discount stores Lidl and Aldi, Mere has minimal fixtures and fittings.
Items are stacked in the large boxes they are delivered in and sit on pallets on the ground.
One shopper spotted bags of pasta piled high and priced at 23p for 400g.
They also spotted Fairy Liquid priced at 69p and Fairy dishwasher tablets costing £3.90 for 40, and Lenor was seen with a £5.90 price tag.
Branded goods on sale also include Pampers and PG Tips but the retailer has not revealed the price list for items available at launch.
The cheapest Fairy Liquid on sale at other supermarkets was 97p at Asda, according to LatestDeals’ supermarket comparison tool, and Aldi’s own brand washing up liquid is priced at 37p.
Svetofor was founded in Siberia in 2009, but it’s opened stores in Europe since 2018 under the name Mere.
Mere launched in Europe in 2018 and was founded in 2009 in Siberia where it’s known as Svetofor.
Further stores in the UK are also planned, including locations in Castleford, Mold and Caldicot.
The Preston store is located at a former Nisa in Ribbleton.
Mere compares itself to Costco, but with no membership fee and no in-store service.
Each UK store will reportedly be about 10,000 square feet and have just eight workers.
The supermarket buys stock from suppliers on a “sale or return basis”, which means it’ll return any unsold goods to the seller.
The Russian chain is said to have 3,200 stores around the world.
Shoppers have bagged bargains on the first day of opening
Checkouts at Mere are manned by staff and items are stacked high in boxes they arrive in