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Retail Stores Prepare for Black Friday

With Black Friday just one day away, retail stores are amping up for the biggest shopping day of the year.
JOPLIN, MO.--- With Black Friday just one day away, retail stores are amping up for the biggest shopping day of the year. The crowd wasn't too busy since the big deals don't start until Friday. Many shoppers we spoke with say they're rushing to get the hot toy items this year before they sell out.

"I'm getting my sister a new bike. It's a little Barbie bike and I'm getting my nephew this cross bow thing that he wanted," said Meclinche Roy, Shopper. 

This year they don't have to wait because stores like Target, Wal-Mart, Toys-R-Us and JC Penny, are opening Thanksgiving evening. JC Penny workers say because the store is opening earlier, they're expecting more shoppers to come through their doors.

"It's been well received. Our customers are looking forward to it, they are asking about it. They are calling day in and day out. 'What time we are opening, what's the sales, what's the door busters.' Stuff like that," said Shane Regensberg, JC Penny Merchandise Leader. 

This holiday season, shoppers are anxious to get the latest toys. Even though new electronics are usually the hot items.

"X-box, apparently a lot of people want to sit in front of a tv and play that, so I'm sure that will be crazy," said Skye Divine, Shopper. 

Retro themed toys seem to top the list this year. Those include characters like Elmo and classic Disney princesses. Since JC Penny has added a new Disney shop in the store, workers are anticipating a busy crowd.

"Every month we kind of change with what theme is going on, so right now as you can see it's "Frozen," last month it was Monster's Inc. Whatever Disney movie is kind of hot at that moment, that's what's coming out. Its been a really good response with our customers, they love it," said Regensberg. 

Besides toys being the big craze this year, retailers expect other items such as luggage, clothes and electronics to fly off the shelves.

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