I was privileged to be one of first shoppers together with other friends invited by Digital Circles Asia during the grand opening of the Merkaso Supermarket last July 31, 2015 at UP Town Center along Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City. The event was graced by Mayor Herbert Bautista and top executives from Ayala and Puregold like Mr.Fernando Zobel de Ayala and Mr. Lucio Co among others.
Here's a highlight of the my grocery shopping experience and why you should visit soon!
1. The Conceirge Counter Welcomes You!
Contrary to other traditional supermarkets where you'll be greeted by security guards and cash registers at the front line, you'll have wide entrance with the Conceirge counter welcoming you as you enter Merkado Supermarket. The ambiance and vibe of the place is one of the first thing I love about Merkado and you'll know what I mean when you visit it too.
Health enthusiasts are definitely in for a treat as the supermarket’s extensive fresh produce section makes up 30% of the supermarket’s mix. You'll easily spot the fruits and vegetables that you need at first glance.
Those with a green thumb can get their hands on potted herbs; just look at these assorted herbs from Gourmet Farms. Part of Merkado's mission is to promote healthier lifestyle so expect more fresh organic choices from them.
Yup, that's right. If you are into salad and juicing, you'll love their salad and dressing station where you can get 200 grams of mixed greens for as low as Php 99 with free sachet of dressing. It's actually one of my favorite stations inside the Merkado Supermarket because it's perfect for my budget. No wonder other shoppers hoard a lot of greens in their cart! They also have a salad bar from Dole so you have more options.
Amidst the emerging gastro-hub of Quezon City and with the community in mind, Merkado as a mid-market supermarket boasts of an extensive line of local and imported goods usually placed in the same aisle, as well as a wide range of fresh and grocery items, rotisserie and wine selection carefully handpicked for those with a discerning taste. Now this set-up saves us time and energy looking for our favorite brands in different places!
Now, grocery shopping is not just any chore nor a duty my moms or by our house help. The whole family can now take part in this grocery trip feeling excited and eager! Surrounded by the country’s most renowned academic institutions, a growing residential and business community, Merkado Supermarket fosters a sociable environment enabling family, friends, classmates and colleagues to gather or chat while picking out their favorite snacks or choosing their preferred cuts of meat. In Merkado Supermarket, shoppers are invited to enjoy the relaxing shopping experience.
Carrying over 20,000 merchandises and spanning 3,900 sqm of floor area, Merkado Supermarket is set to have something for each type of shopper. I was so happy when I saw a Matcha (Green Tea) KitKat, Strabucked Chilled Coffee and other favorite imported chips.
Who doesn't love promotional offers?! The bakery was raided on the first day because some of their freshly baked bread and pastries was on sale.
You'll definitely see and feel how Merkado Supermarket made market fun and easy! Visit UP Town Center and experience it for yourself!