Woolworths has relaunched its most popular product of all time – a range of adorable meerkat garden statues.
The retail giant estimates that around 150,000 meerkat statues will fly off shelves in the spring, with 45 designs to choose from.
The new characters, each costing $10, include meerkats dressed up as surf lifesavers, pilots, magicians, beach dancers, singers and more.
Last year, Woolworths announced that it had sold a whopping 60,000 meerkat statues in less than a month.
Customers have been showing off their impressive collections on social media, having bought almost the entire range.
The supermarket also sells a range of over 48 native animal ornaments, with 50 cents from each sale set helping native Australian wildlife through Woolworths and WIRES Food for Wildlife Program.
Mum-of-two, foodie Mumma Ren, shared the news on Facebook and others were keen to rush to the supermarket (pictured: a customer’s meerkat statue collection).
“The meerkats are BACK at Woolworths. I’m sure more designs will be released,” she wrote online, posting pictures of the new statues (pictured: 2020 meerkat statues).
In recent months, shoppers have noticed a select number of new meerkat statues appearing in stores.
Foodie of two, Mumma Ren, shared the news on Facebook and others were keen to rush to the supermarket.
“The meerkats are BACK at Woolworths. I’m sure more designs will be released,” she wrote online, posting pictures of the new statues.
“I want them for the house!” One person wrote, another added: “So cute”.
In the comments, one fan admitted that she has bought 157 meerkats so far and is keen to expand the collection.
Customers can’t get enough of the iconic purchase as they are considered “adorable” and “cute”.
Last year’s characters included Olympians, fairies, brides and grooms, plus $20 solar-powered glow-in-the-dark meerkats and $5 DIY meerkat painting sets
Other previous characters included Meerkat Princess, Firefighter, Bride, Soldier, Witch, and Hero, as the meerkats are said to wear clothes
Included in 2021 were Olympians, fairies, brides and grooms, plus solar-powered glow-in-the-dark meerkats for $20 and DIY meerkat painting sets for $5.
The store had doubled its order in 2020 but still managed to sell the equivalent of 2019 stock in the first week, as shoppers bought meerkats in record numbers.
James Hepworth, Woolworth’s general manager for everyday needs, previously said the supermarket was “excited” about the restocking after the statues enjoyed such “huge popularity” last time.
“Customers exceeded our expectations for demand with these meerkats last year and this year they will find a range of new and whimsical designs and personalities to draw families out of the home and into the garden,” he said.
Demand for gardening and home improvement products has surged since the pandemic began in early 2020 as people spend more and more time at home.
The Woolworths CEO previously announced that a whopping 60,000 meerkat statues (pictured) had been sold in less than a month
The whimsical garden ornaments (pictured) have attracted a cult following since their launch in 2020
Several happy customers shared pictures of the meerkats on Facebook after purchasing the product in store for the first time.
“How adorable are these meerkat statues at Woolworths right now, lots of different ones,” said one woman.
‘You are so cute!’ another said, and a third added, “I have to go get something!”
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/real-life/article-11166783/Woolworths-selling-10-meerkat-statues.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Woolworths is now selling $10 meerkat statues