'Russian Lidl' Mere planning 300 UK stores as it takes on every supermarket

A supermarket chain coined as the “Russian Lidl” says it is planning to open more than 300 stores in the UK over the next eight to ten years.

Russian discounter, Mere, has already confirmed plans to open four UK stores this year, with the first expected to open this summer.

However, it has now been revealed that the supermarket chain, which trades as Svetofor in Russia, is ramping up its expansion plans and wants to open hundreds more stores in the UK.

As reported by The Grocer, Mere wants to open more than 300 stores over the coming decade.

Mere currently has 3,200 stores internationally and opened its first European Mere store in 2018.

The group had originally planned to open its first ever store in the UK in Preston in June - but this has now reportedly been pushed back until mid-July.

Mere say they will be offering a variety of fresh produce for sale at discounted prices up to thirty percent less than Lidl and Aldi.