More than 300 people spent their Thursday morning lining up to get their first taste of Canada’s largest off-price retailer’s newest store in West Kelowna.
Located at 3614 Carrington Rd., the West Kelowna Winners opened its doors at 9 a.m. yesterday.
Store manager Patti Lennox said that the turnout exceeded her expectations.
“This is higher than what we were anticipating,” said Lennox. “It was a great turnout of people that came into the store. It was nice to see the lineup; they went right around the side of the building.”
Just before 9 a.m., the ribbon was cut by the first customer who had been waiting outside in the chilly weather for over three hours. By 9:45 a.m., the queue for the tills contained over 50 people.
Lennox said that the reactions from customers were positive.
“People are absolutely amazed and quite excited. They’ve been anticipating (the opening) for quite some time.”
Lennox lives in West Kelowna and said that she enjoys living and working in the community. Her experience has given her a solid grasp on the Winners brand.
“I’ve been in management for quite a few years: I’ve been with this company for six years. I was the store manager of the Vernon Winners for nearly five years before I came here,” she said.
The first Winners opened over 25 years ago and there are 210 stores.