Monday 18 December 2017

Police called over 99p Stores sale

Tempers flared at a 99p Stores in Wrexham
Tempers flared at a 99p Stores in Wrexham

Police were called to a 99p store after angry shoppers were told a half price discount offer had been scrapped.

North Wales Police said officers attended the 99p Stores outlet in Wrexham after it became "very crowded" with shoppers flocking to the closing down sale yesterday afternoon.

The shop had advertised products were being sold for 50p but then cancelled the offer when a deal to save the store was reached, saving 30 jobs.

The company has since apologised and said it did not intend for the store's managers to end the sale with immediate effect.

Hundreds of people had turned up for the 'Everything 50p' sale at the shop in Regent Street which had been due to end on January 28, according to reports.

Shopper Sharon Roberts, from Rhosnesni, told News North Wales: "I was in there for nearly two hours queuing to get to the till. Then the manager took the posters down from the window.

"People were absolutely furious and that's why the police were called. Tempers were flaring and people were shouting. The shop finally said people could have items on a buy one get one free."

A North Wales Police spokesman said: "We were called to assist because the store was very crowded. The store was temporarily closed until the situation calmed down."

Two officers and two police community support officers went to the shop and no arrests were made, the spokesman added.

A spokeswoman for 99p Stores said: "In light of the recent issue at 99p Stores Wrexham, the single price point retailer apologises for the unfortunate misunderstanding in relation to closure sale posters that advertised products at 50p.

"The store was scheduled to be closed down due to the expiry of the lease. "

Tony Brown, chief operating officer for 99p Stores, added: "After last minute successful negotiation with the landlord we were able to save the store and the 30 jobs in store.

"The instruction to the stores to terminate the sale was not intended to be with immediate effect. We have rectified this internally."

99p Stores, which was founded in 2001, has 238 branches across the UK and Ireland.

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