Hundreds of Canberrans have queued for up to an hour and a half to visit Canberra’s first Lindt store at Fyshwick this morning.
RiotACT arrived ten minutes before opening and found a queue of cars lined up to enter the carpark at the Canberra Outlet Centre in Fyshwick. Some passengers jumped out of cars in front of us and sprinted across the road to try to make the official opening.
The first 100 customers who spent $10 or more received 1kg of Lindor balls, and it was this that seemed to have drawn most of the crowd, with several in the queue telling RiotACT they were there for the free chocolate.
The 19th customer through the door, Charissa Hayward, was leaving with a hefty bag full of goodies before most people in the queue had even made it through the front door of the store. She spent $95, well and truly earning the right to her 1kg of free Lindor balls.
“I didn’t quite mean to do that, it just happened,” she told the RiotACT.
There are dozens of chocolate specials, including discounts on boxed chocolate, chocolate bars and Lindor balls. There is limited bar seating for visitors ordering coffee, milkshakes and hot chocolate. The store is open from 10am till 6pm daily.
RiotACT covered the opening live on Facebook this morning, taking a quick video tour of the store and walking the length of two corridors at the Canberra Outlet Centre to get an idea of the scale of the queue: