We visited the Mere discount store. Supertanie shopping is written in the Cyrillic alphabet

It is difficult to miss the Mere discount when passing through Żyrardów. The store is promoted with aggressive yellow and red banners. The smiling old couple offers and offers low prices – 20 percent. is below competition.

You can see that the store has gained some popularity. Discounted parking is full, a lot of people go inside. We ask the young couple what they think about the recent boycott of Russian business. – Is this Mere from Russia? And we never knew it – they admit it. And they go in. – Low prices are attractive – they admit.

But it is not the cheapness of the goods that attracts attention from the beginning. The store does not have classic shelves and items are placed on pallets or cardboard boxes. There are no classic price tags, just printed cards. Everything, of course, in the name of reducing costs as sharply as possible.


Pickled cucumber hityrardówda is a hit with Mere


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However, there are some conveniences – for example, closed, metal cabinets are provided to customers. So you can put your bag or backpack there while shopping.

The range is remarkable, completely different from the competing stores. Drinks are sold in giant five-liter bottles. There are too many pickles or cookies disproportionately.

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Ready-made soup in “Russian” packaging


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There are also products that are less likely to be associated with articles that Poles often choose. And so you can get, for example, “red caviar limited to cream”, pork, “breakfast”, frozen “vegetables for the whole year” or cheese or pepper sauce.

On the other hand, we did not come across basic products such as bread. However, at Mere you can get industrial items and even furniture – for example, small tables.

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Discount only. Is it really cheap?

The company emphasizes that it is cheap, very cheap. What are the prices? The price of the above-mentioned orange drink in a five-liter package is a little more than 5 PLN. The price of Bunio carrot and banana drink for children in a 750 ml bottle is 1.81 PLN. The 200 ml “smoothie” is 1.67 PLN.

Canned peas? You need to spend less than 4 PLN for a 420 gram package. “Instant soup”? PLN 1 37 qr. Household products are also extremely cheap. For example, a large package of liquid soap costs only 2.50 PLN.

What about Russian specialties? The already mentioned creamy caviar can be associated with luxury, but in Mered it is a little more than 4 PLN for 200 grams. The price of one kilogram of pork fat is 10 PLN.

You can see more young or old when shopping in a discount store. Perhaps these customer groups are most attracted to low prices. But it is difficult to distinguish middle-aged people or families.

Interior of Mere store

Interior of Mere store


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Where do the goods come from? Some come from Russia and even have Russian packages with Cyrillic writing. However, there are also goods supplied by Polish companies – often not so well known, but there are also many products of the well-known Sante brand.

So far, it seems that the Polish Mere has problems with supplies – it has happened in other European countries. The company has not yet been included in the sanctions list. However, Polish services such as Sanepid or the Labor Inspectorate were skeptical of the network’s points. I’m not saying boycott.

– We will not talk about a boycott. We invite you to go shopping – but the saleswoman in Mere cuts herself.

At MEre, products are sold directly from cardboard boxes

At MEre, products are sold directly from cardboard boxes


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Just in Europe

The expansion of the Western European network began with Germany. The beginnings were promising. A store opened in Leipzig in early 2019, the media even wrote about the “storm” in the goods. After only two days, the whole assortment was taken. However, the pace of chain development in this country has slowed significantly since then, and today there are only a few discounts. The first store in the UK has closed and no new store is planned. All eight businesses in Spain have been closed.

Is caviar a premium product?  When you look at the price in Mered - not necessarily

Is caviar a premium product? When you look at the price in Mered – not necessarily


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Nevertheless, the company is very popular in a number of former USSR countries. It is estimated that it has about 1.4 thousand. Stores in Russia, Kazakhstan or Belarus.

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