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SOCHI SCENE: Sochi souvenirs? Get in line

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 17, 2014 at 11:33 am •  Published: February 17, 2014

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — In Sochi's Olympic Park there are two constants: the Olympic flame burning triumphantly in the middle of the park and the long line of waiting shoppers snaking out of the official store.

Russian retailer Bosco di Ciliegi has told Olympic organizers that it was caught off guard by the demand for souvenirs in Sochi and it has been scrambling to keep the lines moving and the merchandise racks stocked. Average wait times just to get in are more than an hour, and it can take another hour to get through the store to the exit.

"I think Bosco actually commented several days ago that indeed, let's say, demand was much over their projections and they were a bit overwhelmed," Sochi 2014 spokeswoman Aleksandra Kosterina said on Monday. "But they are sorting this out and hopefully it will work better."

Marina Novokovskaya says it all worked out for her in the end, but it requires a lot of patience.

"I got what I expected," she said with a bright smile after her two-hour journey.

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