Woolworths supermarket shoppers filmed lining up at Brisbane Airport store due to Anzac Day trading hour laws

Hundreds of customers have been filmed lining up to shop at the only Woolworths supermarket which was open in Queensland on Anzac Day.

Videos shared on Twitter by Professor Gary Mortimer, who’s Professor of Retail Marketing and Consumer Behaviour at QUT, show hordes of desperate shoppers waiting for doors to open at Woolworths Brisbane Airport.

Watch the unbelievable footage above

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Queensland legislation bans most big name stores – including Woolworths, Coles, Kmart and Bunnings – from opening on Anzac Day across the state.

But a loophole allows for shops in airports to remain open, meaning Woolies was able to trade as usual at its Brisbane Airport store.

As a result, scores of shoppers flocked to the supermarket – with video showing them filing into the store as soon as the doors opened.

Shoppers flocked to Brisbane Airport Woolworths, the only Woolies open in Queensland on Anzac Day. Credit: ProfRetail/Twitter

“Only one supermarket open in Queensland today (Brisbane Airport),” Professor Mortimer wrote on Twitter.

“Shoppers getting ready for back to school and work after the long weekend.

“Maybe it’s time to revisit trading hours?”

‘No sense’

Some social media users agreed, saying that Queensland opening hours should be in line with the rest of the country.

“Yes, no sense keeping them closed after 9am,” said one.

Another responded: “I don’t have a problem with shops being closed today.

“But Queensland trading hour laws in general are wild and need to be changed if Queensland wants to be taken seriously as anything other than a hillbilly backwater.”

Some social media users found the scenes ‘ridiculous’.
Some social media users found the scenes ‘ridiculous’. Credit: ProfRetail/Twitter

But many others disagreed, saying it was “ridiculous” to see so many people queuing up to enter the store.

“It’s no different to any other public holidays in Queensland,” said one.

“Can’t go one day without going to a shop – it’s called being prepared. It’s not like it’s sprung upon us all.”

‘People look like idiots’

Another said: “It’s only for one day – as you know the day is coming, you should be well prepared and stocked up.”

A third wrote: “Why is it that people cannot go one day without going shopping?”

One more added: “People just look like idiots.”

Said another: “Good lord, people are stupid, nearly every area has at leas one IGA. That should do them for buying essentials to last a day.”

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