IT is one of the longest shop queues ever seen in Ballymena.
Hundreds of people have been queuing outside the Tower Centre on Monday afternoon.
The queue for Sports Direct stretched out the door and the whole way along Albert Place and into John Street.
It was hundreds of metres long and contained hundreds of people.
One person said: “It is the biggest queue for a shop I have ever seen in Ballymena.”
The Tower Centre web page had previously posted the following: ‘NHS SAVE 50% OFF EVERYTHING, IN STORE MONDAY 8TH JUNE.
‘Sports Direct will reopen at Tower Centre this week, trading from their Mill Street Entrance (Game Entrance) – access is not available via the mall! ⠀
‘🔵MONDAY 8th June they are open to NHS STAFF ONLY from 2-8pm (50%* off for one day ONLY for NHS STAFF**)
*valid NHS card must be shown to enter the store and avail of the discount.
*not valid with any other discount or promotion.
** discount will also be given to official HSC workers (official ID must be shown and include HSC official logo)
** discount will also be given to St. Johns Ambulance workers (official ID must be shown)
‘🟠 TUESDAY 9th June they will open at 9am daily (1pm Sunday) to everyone. ⠀
🔛please respect social distancing in-store & at entrance ⠀
🔵 You may shop with one other member of your household but discount will only be honored to the ID holder.
🟠the store is fully set-up for covid compliance, please respect other shoppers and Sports direct staff.
‘Be patient and shop safely at Tower Centre. ⠀
#nhsdiscount #nhsheroes #ballymena #countyantrim.’
In a Facebook post the Tower Centre added: ‘Queues are expected, they are open to 8pm so please come throughout the day if everyone shows up at 2pm there will be quite the wait.’
With queues everywhere from the Tower Centre to Sainsbury’s to McDonald’s it seems as if queues are the new reality in Ballymena.