Long queues greet late shoppers

2011-09-30 00:00

TENS of thousands of Edendale residents flocked to the opening of the Greater Edendale Mall yesterday, and as early as 9 am traffic officials were battling to control the steady stream of vehicles. There was chaos as cars heading to the mall were backed up all the way to the nearby level crossing, causing an approaching train to hoot for motorists to clear off the tracks.

Those who had the foresight to arrive early were able to shop in relative comfort, but later arrivals queued for hours.For better crowd control some shops allowed only a certain number of people inside at a time.

Mamathe Muse said she arrived at the mall at 6 am so she could be the first one in when the shop doors opened.

“I knew that it would be full so I had to wake up early and be out of here by 10 am. Luckily, when I arrived there were a few people here and I could shop easily.

“I bought goods in bulk and I hope they will last for a long time. I had put aside money for the mall opening as I knew that there would be specials at grocery shops. Now I can use the money that I saved to buy Christmas stuff,” said Muse, steering a trolley filled to the brim.

Many people took the day off work; others set off to go shopping only to find that some clothing shops like Mr Price were not open yet.

Mnqobi Madlala from Dambuza had a strategy for his shopping experience.

“I figured out where each shop was located and where I needed to go so that I could minimise my time. However, that did not go the way I expected as I could not even get into some grocery shops because they were so full.

“I am going home and coming back later. I hope it will be empty by then,” he said.

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