Huge queues in the rain since 5am as Penneys store in Waterford reopens
Scores of eager shoppers have been queueing outside Penneys in Waterford, some since as early as 5am, in anticipation as the fashion retailer re-opens for the first time in nearly three months.
Despite the bad weather, quite a number of hardy souls have braved the elements and started queuing at first light outside the store on Barronstrand Street.
The scenes in Waterford have been replicated across the country with videos and pictures emerging of large queues forming outside their stores in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Kilkenny and Clonmel.
The Waterford store is one of 16 reopening today. It was given the green light to reopen as it has on street entrances and access. The remaining eight stores, located within shopping centres, will reopen next Monday.
It was planned to open the Waterford store at 10.30am, but it is understood the doors opened shortly before 9am to accommodate the customers.
In a statement released by Penneys, the company said: “Thank you for your patience with us as we navigate these challenging times.
“If we could ask you to help us by following all the social distancing guidance and safety measures provided in our stores. Our colleagues are there to help make that as easy as possible for you, but we would ask everyone to help play their part in keeping safe and well.”