HUNDREDS of shoppers queued for hours in the rain to buy bargains at a liquidation sale of goods from clothing and houseware chain Muji yesterday. Officials expect to raise up to $4 million in the sale, but it will not cover the company's $45 million debts. The sale was held at two of the company's former retail outlets, at Ocean Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui and the Goldmark in Causeway Bay. Muji used also to operate at Cityplaza 2 in Taikoo Shing and Seiyu in Sha Tin before it closed its four Hong Kong stores on December 4, after operating for seven years. Liquidators Grant Thornton (Hong Kong) said the sale, which includes discounts of up to 50 per cent on goods, would run until December 30, including Christmas Day and Boxing Day. A queue of about 300 people formed outside the outlet along Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay. The first customers arrived at 7am. Coby Lee Kuen, 19, a regular customer for five years, was shopping with three colleagues from a nearby design studio. She said: 'It's a pity it's closing as no other retailer is similar to this one. Its products are durable with nice designs. I'm going to miss it.' Ms Lee spent $1,000 on nearly 150 items for herself and her family, including tissue paper, cosmetics and domestic wares. Thirty-eight workers from Muji have received dismissal payouts and have been promised they will be paid in full what is owing them.