METRO Store: How To Get Your Card

Nov 17, 2009 2 Comments by

Metro Supermarket, Sofia

METRO Supermarket, Sofia

Metro supermarket is the daddy of wholesalers. Many sites, but with two branches in Sofia and one in Blagoevgrad it’s ideal for those staying in self catering Bansko accommodation.  I just had to have my own Metro card as, whilst a foreign passport will usually gain me entry, entering the store via a UK passport still required form filling — and wasted time. Read on for how I go my METRO card — and how, and whether you should bother, to arrange your own card to gain entry into this most hallowed temple to warehouse shopping.

Why Bother With METRO

You will see on their web site all the good reasons for getting your card and shoping at METRO. But really I find it’s almost impossible to beat their prices. Virtually opposite on Tsarigradski Shosse the are building a new Carrefour. But this looks nealy a year away from completion. METRO’s  wine deal at the moment ebants casavino wine warehouse. Many wines half the price you will find in Bansko. Some need to be bought in half cases for best deals.

My favourite “Black C” , reviewed recently https://banskoblog.com/2009/10/top-bulgarian-wine/ both red and white version, are 5 leva cheaper than most other outlets.

How To Find METRO

Bulgarian Business Centre

Bulgarian Business Centre: picture -- 14th November 2009

The Sofia one, shown above, I visited recently and is located just at the junction of Tsarigradski Shosse and Brussels  Blvd (the Sofia airport road). METRO account for a huge amount of the stock supplied for bars, restaurants and catering businesses. You can see in the photo the impressive new Bulgarian Business Centre (BBC) opposite.

But first, if you are arranging a private transfer, and are just occasionally visiting Bulgaria , you may ask your driver if he has a card before booking. Then ask if,  on the way to Bansko, you can just divert one minute off the E79 into Metro at Blagoevgrad and stock up with your cheap beer, wine, food, inventory, electricals etc.  They all have integral banks — making a handy place to change currency. They are generally open till late. I have to point out Metro’s terms and conditions at metro.bg. But rest assured, they don’t seem to care who you. Plenty of Bulgarian folk stocking up for personal use is in evidence.

METRO Card For Bulgarian Companies

METRO.bg Scrrin Shot: Bulgarian Company Instructions

Metro Sign Up Screen Shot -- click here to go straight to English version of web site

What You Need To Bring To METRO To Get Your Card (my comments in italics)

  1. To present an original or a notary-certified copy of the following documents:
    • Identification card, issued by the Agency for registration Entries (unified identification code);  (I used my company BULSTAT card)
    • Certificate for LVAT (Law for Value Added Tax) registration (only for persons with a VAT registration);
    • A court decision for the company registration; This is means a Certificate Of Good Standing check out more legal info https://banskoblog.com/2009/11/property-taxes_state-registration/
    • ID card –  I used a PASSPORT
    • Company seal. I took this, but was not required!
  2. The presence of a Materially Accountable Person (MAP) or a person, authorized by him/her to represent the company. The proxy does not need to be certified by a notary. I went in person — but you could authorise, via a power of attorney, someone else.

For agricultural producers: Present a license from the municipality and an ID card. For all you farmers!

For Self-Employed Persons

METRO -- Screen Shot for Self Employed Persons

Metro Sign Up Screen Shot -- click here to go to site

Present the following documents:

  • Identification card (unified identification code) or a BULSTAT registration;
  • Certificate for LVAT registration (only for persons with a VAT registration) – original or a copy, certified by a notary;
  • A document for paid social security installments as a self-employed person;
  • ID card.

Conclusion

I found this a really simple procedure. Just five  minutes after arriving with all the documents I had my METRO card with photograph. Please comment here on any especially good buys you find in METRO. From TV’s, household items such as mops, racks, heaters, cheap home-ware it all takes some beating on price.

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Metro Supermarket, Sofia

METRO Supermarket, Sofia

Metro supermarket is the daddy of wholesalers. Many sites, but with two branches in Sofia and one in Blagoevgrad it’s ideal for those staying in self catering Bansko accommodation.  I just had to have my own Metro card as, whilst a foreign passport will usually gain me entry, entering the store via a UK passport still required form filling — and wasted time. Read on for how I go my METRO card — and how, and whether you should bother, to arrange your own card to gain entry into this most hallowed temple to warehouse shopping.

Why Bother With METRO

You will see on their web site all the good reasons for getting your card and shoping at METRO. But really I find it’s almost impossible to beat their prices. Virtually opposite on Tsarigradski Shosse the are building a new Carrefour. But this looks nealy a year away from completion. METRO’s  wine deal at the moment ebants casavino wine warehouse. Many wines half the price you will find in Bansko. Some need to be bought in half cases for best deals.

My favourite “Black C” , reviewed recently https://banskoblog.com/2009/10/top-bulgarian-wine/ both red and white version, are 5 leva cheaper than most other outlets.

How To Find METRO

Bulgarian Business Centre

Bulgarian Business Centre: picture -- 14th November 2009

The Sofia one, shown above, I visited recently and is located just at the junction of Tsarigradski Shosse and Brussels  Blvd (the Sofia airport road). METRO account for a huge amount of the stock supplied for bars, restaurants and catering businesses. You can see in the photo the impressive new Bulgarian Business Centre (BBC) opposite.

But first, if you are arranging a private transfer, and are just occasionally visiting Bulgaria , you may ask your driver if he has a card before booking. Then ask if,  on the way to Bansko, you can just divert one minute off the E79 into Metro at Blagoevgrad and stock up with your cheap beer, wine, food, inventory, electricals etc.  They all have integral banks — making a handy place to change currency. They are generally open till late. I have to point out Metro’s terms and conditions at metro.bg. But rest assured, they don’t seem to care who you. Plenty of Bulgarian folk stocking up for personal use is in evidence.

METRO Card For Bulgarian Companies

METRO.bg Scrrin Shot: Bulgarian Company Instructions

Metro Sign Up Screen Shot -- click here to go straight to English version of web site

What You Need To Bring To METRO To Get Your Card (my comments in italics)

  1. To present an original or a notary-certified copy of the following documents:
    • Identification card, issued by the Agency for registration Entries (unified identification code);  (I used my company BULSTAT card)
    • Certificate for LVAT (Law for Value Added Tax) registration (only for persons with a VAT registration);
    • A court decision for the company registration; This is means a Certificate Of Good Standing check out more legal info https://banskoblog.com/2009/11/property-taxes_state-registration/
    • ID card –  I used a PASSPORT
    • Company seal. I took this, but was not required!
  2. The presence of a Materially Accountable Person (MAP) or a person, authorized by him/her to represent the company. The proxy does not need to be certified by a notary. I went in person — but you could authorise, via a power of attorney, someone else.

For agricultural producers: Present a license from the municipality and an ID card. For all you farmers!

For Self-Employed Persons

METRO -- Screen Shot for Self Employed Persons

Metro Sign Up Screen Shot -- click here to go to site

Present the following documents:

  • Identification card (unified identification code) or a BULSTAT registration;
  • Certificate for LVAT registration (only for persons with a VAT registration) – original or a copy, certified by a notary;
  • A document for paid social security installments as a self-employed person;
  • ID card.

Conclusion

I found this a really simple procedure. Just five  minutes after arriving with all the documents I had my METRO card with photograph. Please comment here on any especially good buys you find in METRO. From TV’s, household items such as mops, racks, heaters, cheap home-ware it all takes some beating on price.

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2 Responses to “METRO Store: How To Get Your Card”

  1. Karl Greene says:

    SO there shouldn't be an issue just showing up with your passport and getting in? I'm not sure if I can get a customer card. I have a Bulstat. I own my own property which is in my name, not a company. So?

    • LanceNelson says:

      Hi Karl, Thank you for your question. Generally you will be fine with a UK passport, But certainly not guaranteed. To get a card you need a Bulgarian registered company — so your property ownership does not help in this respect.

      BTW, There is a half price offer on No Man's Land Rose wine at Metro as I write this in July 2011. Just 5 lev — it is a superb Rose at 10 lev, but at 5 lev it's a must.

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