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Black Friday begins today

Stores prepare for possible rush of holiday shoppers
Today is what is known as Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year and many stores are preparing for big crowds.
Employees at several stores have been through extensive training to prepare for the shopping season. Loretta Embry, an employee at Cato, said the business’ employees have been thoroughly preparing for a multitude of shoppers.
Some stores are opening early and having sales. Bealls manager Larry Bockhorn said his store is opening at 7 a.m. and having early-bird specials until 1 p.m. After that, things will still be on sale, but not as much, Bockhorn said.
Embry said since Cato has discounted merchandise all year, they won’t have any special sales Friday.
“Cato is designed for women who want to look like a million bucks, but don’t want to spend too much money,” Embry said.
The economy’s performance as of late will probably effect how much people spend on gifts. Since Cato is a discount store, Embry said the sales there should be about the same as last year. People are spending less money on higher-end merchandise, but discount stores shouldn’t be affected.
Bockhorn said he isn’t sure what effect the economy will have on sales at Bealls.
“I have mixed feelings about the economy’s effect,” Bockhorn said “It definitely weighs in on customers buying power.”
Mary Ann Felcman, the owner of Felcman’s, said so far business this year hasn’t been as good as last year. She said the economy is probably causing a decline in business.
“You never know,” Felcman said. “Things could take a turn and sales could go up. We’ll just hope for the best and see what time will bring us. People will probably shop conservatively this year.”
In preparation for the holidays, Bealls has received a large shipment of merchandise. There will also be twice as many people working this Friday as compared with a normal Friday, Bockhorn said, hiring seasonal employees to help with the potential shopping rush.
Another factor that could affect turnout at local stores is the playoff football game Ennis is playing in this Friday at noon at Texas Stadium.
“We were expecting a big holiday rush, but since Ennis is playing Friday, I think it will hurt some of the shopping traffic,” Bockhorn said. “Saturday may be better. I’m just speculating. Ennis is a big football community.”
Felcman agreed, saying Friday would probably be a slow day.
“I don’t think it will be very busy Friday,” Felcman said. “Everyone will be going to the ball game, and I hope they win.”

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