The Melburnians are currently celebrating the end of one of the toughest and longest lockdowns in the world.
Many will mark the occasion with a visit to their favorite cafe or a catch-up with friends and family.
But for hundreds of Melburnians, the best way to celebrate their new-found freedom was to visit their favorite inexpensive housewares store.
With Melbourne’s lockdown laws lifted at midnight last night, Kmart was one of the only venues in the city ready to reopen on time.
Video has since emerged of huge lines of people waiting in front of Kmart stories in the minutes leading up to the end of the clock.
A customer said 7News they had been waiting in front of the store since 6 p.m.
I just saw this on tiktokâ¦ Bruh, I know how amazing Kmart is, but maaaaaan, we’ll have wave 3 if you keep it up ðð pic.twitter.com/W79FLmOk3v
– (@tomnookid) October 27, 2020
Woman in the middle: is she laughing with joy or crying with joy? The bettor in the Jurassic World jumper. The desperate race for a wagon on the left. The security guard ready to go HAM at any time. Scholars will study this image for centuries. #Kmart pic.twitter.com/3u22MiilsS
– James Law (@JournoLawJ) October 27, 2020
Large crowds are obviously not pretty given the stringent lockdown measures that have been put in place recently.
To allay concerns, the retailer has implemented an online reservation system, so shoppers can visit stores knowing they can avoid the large crowds.
Buyers must designate their preferred store, the number of people who will be visiting, and a preferred time from the available hours.
âWe will open on Wednesday October 28, but for your safety we will be limiting the number of customers allowed in one store at a time for stores located in the Melbourne metropolitan area,â Kmart said on its website.
âOur Social Q app is here to save you time and get you to the store as quickly as possible during peak periods. use the app to check in your place without queuing.
And the places are filling up quickly.
A visit to the website shows that the Moonee Ponds store is currently fully booked for this morning’s tours.