Shoppers were left terrified after a man brandishing a knife entered shops in Lache on Tuesday morning (February 16).
Police responded to reports of a man with a knife at shops in Cliveden Road at about 7.46am, and he was later seen flagging down motorists and attempting to get on a bus.
Officers retrieved a knife and a hammer from the scene and a 32-year-old man was arrested.
A Cheshire police spokesperson said in a statement: " At 7.46am on Tuesday, February 16 police received reports of a man with a knife going into shops in Cliveden Road in Chester.
"The man was seen to leave the shops and try to flag down motorists before trying to get on a bus.
"A 32-year-old man was arrested and is currently on police bail pending further enquiries. Police are establishing the circumstances."
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Cheshire police on 101 quoting incident number 122 of February 16.