The day every true shopper is waiting for is nearing — the day right after Thanksgiving.

With a look out for bargains and unbelievable sales only seemingly available that day, shoppers are bound to be “chained” to the doors of JCPenney, Wal-Mart, Burke’s Outlet, Belk, Bealls and other department stores in the wee hours of the morning.

Several store managers describe this as “an exciting time of the year,” not only from a store’s perspective, but also from a customer’s viewpoint.

“This is an exciting time for us every year because we’re gearing up for the after-Thanksgiving sale on Friday and some sales on Saturday,” said Wal-Mart store manager Josh Aston. “Gift-giving season is one of the fun days we have when you kind of forget about the day-to-day operation. We spend the day greeting customers, shaking hands and selling good items. I think it’ll be another good year for Wal-Mart and its customers.”

“I think we’ll be blown out of the water with all the great deals and bargains we’ll have,” said Burke’s Outlet supervisor, Sharon Lee. “There will be 75 percent off original prices of all clearance, 50 percent off during the doorbuster sales on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and 15 percent off merchandise storewide on Friday. With that, I think that customers should come and see us.”

Some doors will open as early as 4 a.m., giving customers just enough time to sit and anxiously wait on the time to move in.

“We’re opening at 4 a.m. on Friday with our door-buster sales,” said JCPenney store manager Dennis Rolwing. “We have a lot of door-buster sales with prices good from 4 a.m.-1 p.m., plus an additional 10 percent off during that time.”

During this time, customers tend to travel to other locations to shop for the best bargains, but Rolwing said there should not be a reason for people to travel outside of Waxahachie this year with what the city has to offer.

“JCPenney will offer great values and outstanding selections storewide so no, there is absolutely no reason for people to go out of town to shop,” Rolwing said, noting the city offers great shopping opportunities for customers.

“The city also has other great retailers that offer outstanding selections so if a person wants to travel out of town, it’ll be because they just wanted to,” he added.

Some of the hot items on the market to look for would be electronics, jewelry, home d/cor and, of course, apparel.

“We will have big electronic items, like flat screens for some really good prices,” Aston said of Wal-Mart. “The exciting part is that some of the same exceptional deals will be available on the store’s Web site, which would give customers access to those items we don’t sell in the store. We have some great prices and they will continue.”

JCPenney will once again highlight its redbox gifts collection this season, with Rolwing saying, “Fine jewelry is always at the top of the list.”

This year’s 64-piece collection — available in-store and online — takes the store’s gift assortment to a new level with unique and innovative items such as a touchscreen GPS with MP3/4 player, photo coasters, volcano lamp/iPod dock and jumbo universal remote.

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