Coles stores closed as nationwide checkout glitch causes chaos

Coles supermarkets uses its catchy phrase ‘Down down’ in its marketing material. Source ColesMore

Coles supermarkets uses its catchy phrase ‘Down down’ in its marketing material. Source ColesMore

The supermarket giant released a statement later in the morning, confirming "all Coles Supermarkets are open and trading".

While the outage had affected stores across Australia, not every supermarket had been hit by the glitch.

"We apologise. This store is now closed due to circumstances beyond our control", read a sign outside Coles Australia Fair on the Gold Coast.

On social media, disgruntled customers expressed their frustration at the company's temporary technical failure, with one warning others they "shouldn't bother going to Coles".

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The issue appears to be affecting the supermarket chain's stores nationwide, but some have been opened. "We apologise for any inconvenience caused".

Coles stores across the country were closed on Sunday morning, believed to be due to technical issues affecting their cash registers.

Coles has blamed the closure of stores across the country for three hours on Sunday morning on "minor IT problems".

Coles is yet to comment on the issue, with no update being provided via their social media channels or website.

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