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Stores see big crowds ahead of Black Friday

Stores are getting ready for one of the biggest shopping days of the year. (Source: WALB) Stores are getting ready for one of the biggest shopping days of the year. (Source: WALB)
New inventory items are finding places on shelves and Christmas decorations are out. (Source: WALB) New inventory items are finding places on shelves and Christmas decorations are out. (Source: WALB)
Target Assistant Manager Andrew Peterson (Source: WALB) Target Assistant Manager Andrew Peterson (Source: WALB)
Flaunt Boutique Owner Kim Rice (Source: WALB) Flaunt Boutique Owner Kim Rice (Source: WALB)
Amber Hand (Source: WALB) Amber Hand (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The biggest shopping day of the year is just days away but some shoppers are already out. 

Many stores have said that they are already seeing big crowds.

Now all stores, from big to small businesses are gearing up and getting ready for the crowds that will start lining up Thursday night. 

New inventory items are finding places on shelves and Christmas decorations are out.

"We are just really looking forward to it. It's the funnest day to work for me," said Target Assistant Manager Andrew Peterson. 

Believe it or not, Petersen enjoys working at Target on Black Friday. He's been doing it for the past 13 years. 

"I already had my Thanksgiving with my family. I did it last weekend when I was off, so I kind of plan around it," explained Peterson. 

He said that it's the best kick off to the holiday season.

Sot Andrew: It's one of those days where it is full of spirit. Everyone is looking for that great deal. 

Target knows they will always have big crowds but even small businesses are anticipating early shoppers. Flaunt Boutique will open the doors at 6 Thursday night. 

"I've had people coming in already that say can't wait for the wait for the sales and to see what we've got going on," said Flaunt Boutique Owner Kim Rice. 

Rice said even this past weekend was busy. 

"Things were good. It was busy," explained Rice. "People are starting to come in, get in the Christmas spirit and ready to get going for the season." 

Like her small business, Target was slammed as well.

"We had one woman, three buggies full," said Peterson. "I think she finished her Christmas shopping in one swoop." 

Amber Hand is one of the many pre-Black Friday shoppers. As a mother of five she said that she has no plans to go out. 

"It's much easier to avoid the crowds, it's much easier to just stay home in our pajamas," explained Hand. 

Hand plans to finish a lot of her shopping online and plans to get some of the Cyber Monday deals without the Black Friday headache.

"The price differences for us are just not worth it and all the people," said Hand. "With everything going on it's just too much.

Although a number of people said they are getting their shopping in early, a number of people said that they will definitely be going out on Black Friday. 

They said that it's not just about the deals, but it's also a fun tradition. 

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