Police were called to the 99p Store on Wrexham’s Regent Street this afternoon due to large numbers of shoppers chasing a 50p discount.
The store had advertised a ’50p’ sale via a window poster, however had forgotten to state it was time limited causing word to spread around Wrexham with hundreds turning up at the shop. There appeared to be some confusion among shoppers who said there wasn’t a time listed on the poster.
The response evidently caught the retailer by surprise and police were at the scene and prevented anymore customers from entering the store. Three more officers were inside allowing customers to exit the store.
When we popped up to the store there were a fair few people outside asking why they weren’t allowed in, while others had stopped just to look at the huge queues through the window.
One shopper described the situation as ‘bedlam’ and said fellow shoppers were ‘vultures’. Another blamed the store management saying: “The sign did not say anything about a time limit, and we were queuing to pay when we were told things had gone back to 99p. It is not on.”
Wrexham.com saw several shoppers leave laden with bags full of items as shelves soon started to clear of goods.
The store reopened again at around 3:10pm and shoppers were told that everything was back up to normal price. Amusingly there was a solitary cheer when the doors reopened.
Local residents took to twitter amazed at the scenes, with one saying “Only in Wrexham do you get a half price sale in a 99p shop, and police presence is necessary! Who are these people that are so desperate?!”