I’ve always heard about the end-of-day sale that most bakeshops and some food court/arcade shops do when it’s nearing the mall’s closing time, but I’ve never really taken advantage of it until recently.
Mario and I have always been late night mallers and we really tend to over-stay mostly due to taking the last movie sched on the list. Oftentimes we’d see the long queue at French Baker wondering what it was for. I thought people were probably just meeting up folks there and made FB (French Baker) their landmark. I know that guess is off so I also thought it was because of the end-of-day sale (EOD sale) but I set that thought aside since I didn’t expect people to start to line-up a few minutes past 9PM for an EOD sale at 10PM.
One time, when we didn’t have any movie to watch but just wanted to stay inside the mall, we decided to fall in line. The first experience paved way to many more nights of EOD sales. Yes, here’s how we always get our half-priced supply of raisin breads! I personally haven’t tried the raisin breads (I’m not a bread person), but folks at home love bread so much that a whole big loaf of raisin bread lasts for only 1 or 2 days max.
How to be part of the sale
French Bakers at different locations have different guidelines for the EOD sale, I only know about the guidelines for SM Sucat and SM Mall of Asia.
The mall closes at 9PM (hypermart is open until 10PM) and they start distributing numbers at around 8PM (or you can get this at the counter at the bakery side of the shop). After getting a number, you can just return around 20-15mins before 9PM to get ready for the big discount.
They’ll let a few people in at a time so that it won’t be too crowded and also, the ones who are inside won’t have to fight it off over any last stock item.
SM Mall of Asia
The mall closes at 10PM so you’ll have to line-up around 9:30PM (or earlier!). One time at 9PM, we didn’t see any line yet so we opted to do our groceries first and just come back after. After 30 mins, we came back to be number 14 and 15 (these aren’t so good numbers). Even if Mario is my companion, he will still have to get a number if he wants to go inside the shop. This is actually a good policy to prevent scheming people who pretend to be a companion of any person in front the of the line and hence get in ahead despite being last to arrive. I can imagine that probably happened in the past, giving birth to this policy.
Just before the mall closes, the guard distributes the numbers to the people.
The best numbers are below 10, since people have a tendency to take everything they see and who knows how they’ll consume the things they buy! I overheard a French Baker crew informed a customer when she was asked, that their products can last for 1 week. Not sure if those need to be in the fridge to last a week but in our house, that doesn’t really matter. My brother alone can eat the whole loaf in one sitting (or half of the loaf) and that’s the truth!
The first items we grab once we get inside are Baguette, Raisin Bread (loaf) and Flour Tortilla. We would get the Egg Rolls but that’s never available at closing, not even ’till the afternoon. Those are really good! The rest of the products, we just grab what catches our interest. One bread for the trip home!
See you on the next half off sale!