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Stores prepare for Black Friday

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'Tis the season to be thankful, for red, hot holiday deals. As we gather around the table with family...major retail chains are prepping for thier own party...Black Friday.

"It's the offiical kickoff of the holiday season. I think that when guests get together for the holidays they like to join in a family type of event and get out with the excitement of the season and see wht's out there and get some great values as well," said Kris Hoepfner, the Store Team Leader for Target Lufkin.

Stores like Target, Academy and Best Buy are throwing out all the stops to entice holiday shoppers on getting their hands on the best prices on toys, games and electronics.

"We've got a really great ad this year. We have $179 for a 40-inch TV, tons of tablets, lots of really great deals on cell phones like the Galazy SIII for fifty bucks; a free razor max. It's very exciting. We have lots of people; big crowds; lots of fun; very well, organized chaos," said Mary Tanksley, the Best Buy Mobile Manager.

Academy will be spreading out their sales throughout the weekend and hope door busters will excite customers.

"Periodically, we'll just run hot deals all throughout the weekend. We'll have door busters as far as our Friday sales go and then we'll go into th eweekend with the two-day hot deals," said Monica Morgan, the Store Director for Academy Sports & Outdoors.

Target will open its doors three hours earlier this year allowing 20 to 30 guests to come into the store every few minutes starting at 9 p.m.

Target will be handing out maps to customers as they come inside the store to help them find the best deals.

"We're going to be able to offer them opportunities to get out earlier and shop more," said Hoepfner.

Walmart will open its doors at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving night, JcPenney will open at 6 a.m. Friday and stores like Old Navy will open at midnight on Friday.

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