A LONG queue stretching in a u-shape down Barronstrand Street started to form as early as 5.30 this morning in anticipation of the reopening of Penneys Waterford.
It was a case of the early bird catches the worm as a small group of shoppers ensured they were first in line by queuing shortly after first light.
Despite the misty weather more shoppers quickly assembled bringing with them provisions including food, drinks, and items to keep them warm.
The retailer was expected to open its doors to the public at 10.30am, but have reportedly already done so due to the large queue that formed. In advance of the reopening Penneys advised there would be no sales or special offers. The store will remain open until 9pm.
As they arrive customers will enter the Waterford store through the main doors at Barronstrand Street and exit only at the back door on Conduit Lane.
A spokesperson said, “ We are closely following all government safety advice and applying experience gained from our store openings across Europe, putting rigorous health and safety measures in place in all stores, including a strict social distancing protocol, personal protection for employees and customers and increased in-store cleaning.”