The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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November 24, 2010

Some retailers to get a jump on Black Friday with sales today

JOPLIN, Mo. — Dedicated bargain shoppers no longer have to wait until the wee hours of Black Friday to gobble up the deals.

They can shop today with some stores like Sears and Big Lots opening their doors for the Thanksgiving holiday, and online.

It’s the first time Sears has been open on the holiday, and a number of curious customers have stopped by to scout out the possibilities, said Tina Montgomery, manager of the store at Northpark Mall.

“We’ve had a lot of customers coming in looking for the specials and questioning what they can get,” she said.

She does not expect the same hoards that stores typically see on Black Friday.

“This is somewhat like a test run because we haven’t done this before,” Montgomery said. “Our goal is to be as prepared as we can for that possibility, but I don’t expect it to be the same. I do expect great traffic flow, and we’ve got some great sales that are going on.”

Sears will be open from 7 a.m. to noon today. Big Lots will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

One of those dedicated shoppers, April Warbritton, of Joplin, was eager Wednesday to see the sale ads. She said she plans to start at 10 p.m. today when Toys R Us opens and then start anew at 5 a.m. Friday at Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart will be offering specials on toys, video games and other items at midnight today, and on electronics at 5 a.m. Friday.

Warbritton said she has been dedicated to Black Friday shopping for several years, and with good cause.

“Most of my shopping is on toys,” she said. “We have six children, but we also buy for all our nieces and nephews. We buy about 40 presents a year for kids.” She said she has not cut back, even in tight economic times the past couple of years. She spends $300 to $400 each year.


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