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Shoppers pack stores on Thanksgiving Eve

Many stores in Albany were packed on Thanksgiving Eve. (Source: WALB) Many stores in Albany were packed on Thanksgiving Eve. (Source: WALB)
Annie Glanton (Source: WALB) Annie Glanton (Source: WALB)
Assistant Manager Andrew Petersen (Source: WALB) Assistant Manager Andrew Petersen (Source: WALB)
The store hired 112 employees to deal with a week's worth of traffic in one night. (Source: WALB) The store hired 112 employees to deal with a week's worth of traffic in one night. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Many stores in Albany were packed on Thanksgiving Eve.

Shoppers hit grocery stores to prepare for the big meal and stopped by retailers to scope out Black Friday deals.

Salvation Army bell ringers greeted customers at Leesburg Harvey's Supermarket.

And workers constantly corralled carts as shoppers ran in to grab last minute Thanksgiving items.

Annie Glanton, 52,  picked up ham, collard greens and sweet bread.

"And then I also needed to pickup some milk because I needed the milk so that I could make macaroni and cheese," said Glanton.

And a few more items that she couldn't pass up because they were on sale.

"I'm surprised which helps me a whole lot, giggles," said Glanton.

She was surprised the store wasn't more crowded.

"Actually it's pretty decent today," said Glanton.

And as traffic died down at Harvey's, Target was prepping for its Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday rush.

Re-stocking hot-selling toys.

And rolling out boxes filled with even more toys.

Assistant Manager Andrew Petersen said fitbits and legos will fly off the shelves.

"Every year we have lines at the door when we open and when I leave here tonight we will see a few die hards camping out," said Petersen.

The store hired 112 employees to deal with a week's worth of traffic in one night.

"We're going to walking around asking people can I help you find something? Are you finding everything okay? Just the friendly atmosphere you see when you come into a Target store," said Petersen.

Target will have local law enforcement to help handle the crowds.

The store will open tomorrow at 6pm and stay open through Black Friday.

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