On 3 August, watermelons and melons sales season launched in Moscow. 229 melon selling points opened in different areas of the city, as reported by Head of the Department of Trade and Services Alexei Nemeryuk.
"On 3 August, melon selling spots opened. There are 229 of them in Moscow. Our distribution companies offer a wide range of watermelons and melons. As for those points arranged in the streets, squares and public gardens, we held special auctions for their owners two years ago. Various entrepreneurs won these auctions, including those who bring watermelons and melons from distant regions," Head of the Department noted.
Southeastern and southern districts have the largest number of melon selling spots, over 50 outlets in each districts. They offer watermelons and melons grown in Krasnodar, Astrakhan, Volgograd, Rostov-On-Don and Dagestan.
Each melon batch undergoes an inspection to check the content of various trace elements, with further certificate of Rospotrebnadzor (Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing) issued for each selling spot for buyers to know the date of inspection and the melons' place of origin.
All selling spots are arranged in the same style used since 2015, which is already familiar to Moscow residents. Outlets have stands with opening hours and prices indicated, as well as product certificates and a complaint book. All sellers have a special uniform on. Only workers with a health record are allowed to sell melons.
Owners of melon selling spots are allowed to set their own prices.
"Entrepreneurs have their own pricing policy. Their main competitors are the large distribution companies that operate in Moscow, and these are not only Moscow networks, but also federal ones. Therefore, Moscow residents and guests always have a choice where to buy watermelons and melons," said Alexei Nemeryuk.