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Opening day turns into a shopper frenzy for warehouse retailer

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Customers try to get a roast chicken at the first Costco outlet in China, on the store’s opening day in Shanghai.

Costco opened its first store in China — and promptly had to close for the day due to safety concerns caused by massive crowding.

The warehouse retailer had no sooner cut the ribbon at its new store in Shanghai when shoppers overran the aisles, as seen in various Twitter posts.

Thousands of people crowded the entrance and aisles of the store in Shanghai’s Minhang district while, according to a Reuters report, signs outside the store warned incoming shoppers that they might have to wait three hours to park.

Costco issued a notice to local users of its official app early yesterday afternoon saying that it would no longer allow more customers through the doors, citing an “overcrowding” situation inside the store and traffic chaos in surrounding areas.

“Due to overcrowding in the market, and in order to provide you with a better shopping experience, Costco will temporarily close on the afternoon of August 27. Please avoid coming,” the notification said.

A Costco spokesman said the store was scheduled to open as normal on Wednesday.

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