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November 22, 2006

Merchants ready for Black Friday

The day after Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday because it is a time when sales put businesses back into the black ink in ledger books, is a day of massive sales, some as early as 5 a.m.

Big box retailers Wal-Mart, Sears and JCPenney will begin holiday sales at 5 a.m. Clothing retailer Goody’s and home and ranch store Atwoods also will begin Black Friday at an early hour.

“We’ve got a lot of preparation we’ve done,” said Atwoods assistant manager Damon McKinney.

The store will open at 5 a.m. and close at its usual time of 9 p.m., McKinney said.

Kmart, Big Lots!, Staples and Rex are starting sales an hour later.

Other stores have their advertised sales later. At 7 a.m., EB Games, Ace Hardware, Old Navy, Walgreens and Lowe’s will kick off their big holiday sales.

“We’re gonna have some super prices on Friday,” said Lowe’s operations manager Rick Gray. “We’d like to see a lot of people. We expect a good turnout, and we’ve staffed our store up. It’s that season.”

Another Lowe’s manager said this year’s sales include more items than in the past 10 years.

Zales will begin a four-hour sale at 8 a.m., and Hastings Books Music & Videos is expecting “a huge crowd.”

“We’ll have a lot of great products for iPods, electronics and DVD players,” said Hastings Manager Patrick Neely. “We expect a pretty good crowd.”

Last year, Neely said the line at the door for the store’s opening stretched as far as Hobby Lobby, across Sunset Plaza.

“I’d say it took 30 minutes to get everyone in,” Neely said.

He expects an even bigger crowd this year because of electronics, music and DVDs on sale and the store’s recent remodeling.

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