Original article from Kent Live
Hundreds of Primark shoppers in Thanet have been pictured waiting in long queues this morning (April 12).
The Westwood Cross store reopened for the first time in four months as lockdown restrictions were eased across the country.
Photos taken from outside the store showed long queues stretching around two sides of the two-storey shop
It was a similar story in Bluewater near Dartford where people were queuing ahead of the 6am opening today.
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The popular retailer doesn’t run online and many shoppers have been waiting months for it to reopen.
Like Primark, all ‘non essential’ shops have all reopened at Westwood Cross after being forced to close the week before Christmas.
When Kent entered Tier 4 restrictions all ‘non essential’ shops across the county were closed.
However, Primark, HMV, Waterstones and Game are all once again open to the public at the Thanet shopping centre.
Pictures taken at 11am this morning showed customers queuing round the side and back of Primark all the way through past the bus stop and former Debenhams Store.
Last week Primark CEO, Paul Marchant, said: “It’s great to be back. Our stores are fully stocked with fresh new season fashion, all at Primark’s famous amazing prices.
"Between our great value, everyday must-haves and hot new season trend collections, we’ve got everything our customers have been waiting for.
"Safety remains at the front of our minds."
"We have extended opening hours across almost all of our stores to help meet demand safely but we’re also asking our customers to keep up the support and spirit they showed last year, particularly if queuing outside or in-store.”
Elsewhere, gyms, hairdressers and outdoor pubs and restaurants also reopened on another significant day in Kent.