New 'Russian Lidl' supermarket to open first UK branch this weekend

A new UK supermarket dubbed the "Russian Lidl" is set to open its first store this Saturday.

Discount chain Mere, which claims to be up to 30% cheaper than its rivals, already has stores across the world and is now ready to make its mark on the UK market.

The Sun reported in May that the Russian discount supermarket was looking to open four stores in the UK in Preston, Castleford, Mold and Caldicot.

It was later revealed that it could open up to 300 stores across the UK.

The first will open in a former Nisa in Preston’s Ribbleton.

A post on Mere's official Facebook page shows the store will open at 10am on Saturday August 14.

The page also shows that a second store in Caldicot and a third in Castleford are due to open but no dates have been given.

The Sun has asked about other store openings and will update this story once we have a response.

The Russian chain is said to have 3,200 stores around the world.

The openings will put Mere head-to-head with German chains
Aldi and Lidl which are often crowned the cheapest supermarkets thanks to their low running costs and a limited amount of products.

Mere compares itself to Costco, but with no membership fee.

Each UK store will reportedly be about 10,000 square feet and have just eight workers.

The shops are also said to include a walk-in chiller room and freezer.

Items are typically sold directly from the pallets they're delivered on.

Where is Mere planning to open shops?

MERE, which has been dubbed “Russia’s Lidl”, plans to open hundreds of locations across the UK over the next eight to 10 years.

It's first store will open in Preston's Ribbleton on August 14.

Mere hasn't confirmed when it will be opening more locations, but we'll update this story when we know more.

Here's a number of locations across the country Mere is reportedly looking at to open new stores in.

More locations could be added to the list as Mere reveals more about its expansion plans:

  • Castleford
  • Mold
  • Caldicot
  • Devon
  • Stockport
  • Neath
  • Banbury
  • Selby
  • Bradford
  • Middlesbrough
  • Grantham
  • Kettering
  • Plymouth
  • Beckenham
  • Gloucester
  • Northampton
  • Cardiff
  • Oswestry
  • Barnsley
  • Sheffield
  • Exeter
  • Stretford
  • Southampton
  • South Scotland
  • Wales

The supermarket buys stock from suppliers on a "sale or return basis", which means it'll return any unsold goods to the seller.

Items on offer at the store when it opens will include React antibacterial wipes, Maxsonic batteries, Luxe and Cusheen toilet tissue, Goodwin’s instant noodles, Laser tinned mackerel and Warrior energy drinks, according to reports.

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