UPDATE: Two lucky Hervey Bay shoppers snatched more than $650 worth of goods each in the Best & Less 60 Second Gear Grab on Friday morning.

About 10 staff scrambled after the women as they grabbed products from the around the store during the mad minute.

The first winner, Alison Huston, ended up with six bags of goods worth $661.50 including towels, socks, Bonds underwater and baby clothes.

Chris Langenberg, the second winner, finished with two trolleys loaded with manchester valued at $752.85.

The grab was part of the store's opening celebrations and the store surprised shoppers by offering two 60 Second Gear Grabs instead of just the one that had been expected.

Shoppers file into Harris Scarfe at the opening of the new store in Stockland Hervey Bay.
Shoppers file into Harris Scarfe at the opening of the new store in Stockland Hervey Bay. Alistair Brightman

EARLIER: Harris Scarfe and Best & Less open at Stockland Hervey Bay today offering one-day-only discounts, a one-minute, free gear grab and celebrations.

A Stockland representative said one lucky shopper would be chosen to play the Best & Less 60 Second Gear Grab involving a mad, one-minute dash through the new, fully-stocked store, collecting as much free gear as they could carry.

Customers have been invited to arrive outside Best & Less from 7.30am on Friday, August 1, to register for the grab before entries closed at 8.15am and a 'shopper' was selected and let loose inside the store.

Discount department store Harris Scarfe will also open its doors at 9am on Friday with opening day discounts across all top brands of homewares, Manchester, electrical, clothing, footwear and underwear.

The Stockland representative said Harris Scarfe specialised in selling big name national and international brands at discounted prices and its latest store was only the third to open in Queensland. 

Harris Scarfe Hervey Bay will stock brands such as Tefal, Maxwell Williams, Circulon, Linen House, Tontine, Adidas, Diana Ferrrari, Bonds and Berlei.

Maintaining the distinctly local flavour, Harris Scarfe's official brand ambassadors, Dan and Steph, winners My kitchen Rules 2013, will welcome customers to the store launch at 8.50am.

Harris Scarf staff Deb Sanders, Michelle Gould, Kristen Maslen, Lyndall Murray and Codi Edgerton prepare for the doors to open at 9am on Friday.
Harris Scarf staff Deb Sanders, Michelle Gould, Kristen Maslen, Lyndall Murray and Codi Edgerton prepare for the doors to open at 9am on Friday. Alistair Brightman

Harris Scarfe is also the exclusive Australian stockest of international designer brand SimplyVera Vera Wang which comprises a range of contemporary women's fashion, accessories, bed and bath collections and home fragrances.

Stockland Hervey Bay centre manager Paul Kelsey said there had been an incredible response from the community since the new mall was unveiled. 

"We'd like to thank all of our customers for their strong show of support for the new centre," he said.

Stockland is on Central Ave in Pialba.

Events at Stockland Hervey Bay

Friday, August 1

  • Best & Less opening - Register for the Best & Less 60 Second Gear Grab between 7.30am and 8.15am.
  • Harris Scarfe opening - with brand ambassadors, Dan and Steph at 8.50am
  • Stockland Hervey Bay Photobook unveiling at 9am next to Harris Scarfe, with special guest, Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell
  • Dan and Steph's cooking demonstration in front of Harris Scarfe from 11am to noon
  • Free face painting, giveaways

Saturday, August 2

  • Jimmy Giggle - ABC2's Giggle & Hoot, meet and greet from 11am until 2pm in centre court

Sunday, August 3

  • How To Train Your Dragon 2 - Viking Training School Stage Shows at 11am and 1pm, meet and greet at noon and 2pm in centre court
Harris Scarfe opening: Hundreds of shoppers were at the opening of retailer Harris Scarfe in Stockland Hervey Bay on Friday morning.
Harris Scarfe opening: Hundreds of shoppers were at the opening of retailer Harris Scarfe in Stockland Hervey Bay on Friday morning.