Ararat Woolworths Supermarket back open and serving following national computer network fault

Ararat’s Woolworths supermarket has re-opened after having to turn away customers on Monday afternoon.

A computer network fault left the supermarket chain unable to process sales across Australia.

Ararat Woolworths closed its doors on Monday afternoon before reopening at about 4.30pm.

Melbourne supermarkets lost their computer networks at about 4pm on Monday.

Staff put up handwritten signs advising customers of the fault and stood outside to explain the situation and apologise to customers,

As a result, the normally busy car park off Ingor Street was left with many vacant spaces.

The supermarket was re-opened just before its typically busiest two hours on Mondays, according to Google Maps.

The closure also affected volunteers who were selling RSL Anzac Appeal badges outside the supermarket.

Woolworths said in a statement just before 5pm on Monday that “an IT issue impacted registers at around half our supermarkets nationwide for a short period of time”.

“The registers are now coming back online in our stores,” the statement said. 

“We apologise for the inconvenience.”