All quiet on sales front after shopfest mayhem

Published date: 11 March 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A 99p store has held its first cut-price sale since a price slash brought pandemonium earlier this year.

Bargain hunters went to the 99p Store on Regent Street, Wrexham, yesterday for a sale which saw all items reduced to 60p or less.

But unlike a sale at the same store in January – which brought scenes of confusion and even a police presence –- yesterday’s bargainfest passed peacefully, with shoppers stocking up on cleaning products, food and household items.

Jillian Ryan, 64, of Gwersyllt said: “I went in and I brought things like cat biscuits, a bucket and some scented candles.

“Everything in there was 60p. There were no queues and we just sailed through.”

Things were very different scene in January after police were called to the store when crowds of furious shoppers refused to leave after prices on sale items were put back up to 99p without warning.

On January 20, the store had posters in the window saying prices on all items had been slashed to 50p until January 28, when the store was due to shut down because the lease on the building was up.

The sale saw crowds queuing throughout the store and even out onto the street as shoppers rushed to get their bargains.

But customers were angered when the manager took down the posters and told them all goods were back up to full 99p price.

The store later confirmed this was due to a lease having been agreed after talks with the landlord.

But customers refused to move as more poured into the shop before staff then closed the doors, not letting anyone else in.

Through the store windows shoppers could be seen remonstrating and arguing with staff members, while outside police officers stood guard on the doors and directed customers away.

At the time Tony Brown, chief operating officer for 99p Stores said: “We genuinely regret the way this was handled. We should have closed the doors and let everybody get out with their items.”

But after yesterday’s alltogether more peaceful sale, bargain-hunter Sonia Hare, of Gwersyllt, said: “I bought a lot of cleaning stuff and it was all 60p each. I saved about £10 than what I’d normally spend.

“I didn’t really have to queue and was straight in and out.”

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  1. Posted by: truth hurts at 10:58 on 11 March 2014 Report

    Hasn't the original story done enough to show our town in a bad light? You managed to get it on the BBC and syndicated globally. Now you go back to it. Let it go eh?

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