UPDATE @ August 19 2018 11am | Coles has apologised to customers, after a technical glitch forced stores across the country to close their doors on Sunday morning.
Frustrated shoppers took to social media after turning up to do their groceries, only to find a note taped to the front doors.
It explained that due to “circumstances beyond their control”, the stores could not open.
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The supermarket giant released a statement later in the morning, confirming “all Coles Supermarkets are open and trading”.
“Earlier this morning we had some minor IT problems in some of our supermarkets which were out of our team members’ control,” the statement explained.
“We apologise for any inconvenience our customers experienced earlier this morning.”
EARLIER @ August 19 2018 10am | Gold Coast shoppers turned up at Coles stores on Sunday morning, only to be turned away.
They were greeted by a note on the door, explaining the supermarket giant was experiencing technical issues.
“We apologise” the sign reads, before explaining that “circumstances beyond their control” is behind the problem.
It’s believed the technical issue has to do with cash registers and is nationwide, but not affecting all stores.
— Anne O’Keeffe (@Anne_OKeeffe) August 18, 2018
There are reports some shops in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne have also had to close.
— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) August 18, 2018
Coles is yet to comment on the issue, with no update being provided via their social media channels or website.
Ok peeps, call me crazy but let’s just walk down the road a little to the local independent grocery store and support them for at least one day of the year… #Coles #ColesClosed https://t.co/ABy0lsb7F8
— Lynton Manuel 🕶 (@lyntonmanuel) August 19, 2018