Shoppers scoop up almost everything in St. Paul Walmart's closing sale

The city's only Walmart location is shutting its doors next week.

The "everything must go" sale at the Midway Walmart in St. Paul has been a smash hit.

The store is shutting its doors for good on Friday, Sept. 20, but if you wanted to take advantage of its closing-down sale — which offers discounts as big as 75 percent — you might find the pickings rather slim. 

Photos and videos posted to Twitter by Brandon Long show rows and rows of empty shelves and mobs of shoppers at the cash registers:

According to Long, one employee called the shopping bonanza a "free for all."

The closure of the store — which is the only Walmart in St. Paul — was announced last month, with the retail giant saying it was because of the location's "overall performance."

Indeed, it had plenty of competition in the area, with a Cub Foods and a Target nearby. 

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The store has also gained a reputation for problems with crime. As City Pages noted, police were called there over 2,100 times throughout 2016, far more than any of its metro-area sister locations. 

Over 300 workers will lose their jobs or have to transfer because of the closure, the Star Tribune reported. 

The nearest Walmarts to St. Paul will be on Robert Street in West St. Paul, and at 1960 Twin Lakes Parkway in Roseville.

The pharmacy at the University Avenue store has already closed, with prescriptions transferring to the Roseville store.

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