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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Germans, Dutch open new stores

Moscow's Western food basket swelled this week with the opening of two new hard-currency grocery stores.

Union Supermarket, located on Bernikovskaya Naberezhnaya near Taganskaya metro station, launched its new market and fast-food cafe on Wednesday, while across town, one of Holland's largest grocery chains opened its first Moscow outlet.

Union Supermarket and Cafe is operated by the Russian-German joint venture Union.

Kirill Modilevsky, general director of Union, said it is the first grocery store in Russia to publish discount coupons that shoppers can redeem at the store. The joint venture plans another first by the end of the summer - keeping the store and cafe open 24 hours a day.

Maxa, a cash-and-carry Dutch food store at 13 Silikatny Pereulok (on the road to Zagorsk), is strictly a wholesaler, said the manager Hank Even.

Maxa's owners are its Russian partner, Intermarket, and Dutch grocery chain, A-Markt.