Early-Bird Shoppers Turn Out On Thanksgiving

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FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) - Stores across Northwest Arkansas were packed with shoppers on Thanksgiving Day hoping to cash in on great holiday deals.

Chuck Adkins and his wife were among the hundreds of shoppers who stuffed into JCPenney on Thursday (Nov. 27).

"I was actually watching the Cowboys game and then my wife said oh my god JCPenney opens up at five and not six, so I drover her up here," he said.

Adkins said they are getting a head start on the holiday shopping season.

"I like to get stuff for her, but we are taking a look at what is out," he said. "I do try to do more for her."

Jennifer Roman is the store leader at JCPenney and said a lot of work went into prepping the place. She said they've also hired an additional 50 to 60 employees to help handle the holiday rush.

"We start months in advance," she said. "We start with the sales floor and getting the merchandise prepped out to the floor. We also just try and get everything out of the stock room, so our customers can buy it when they come in."

Roman said all of the hard work is worth it.

"Everybody is usually jovial, happy and more patient when they come shopping on days like today, so it's just a fun day," she said.

JCPenney will be open until 10 p.m. on Nov.  28. The store will re-open on Nov. 29 at 8 a.m.

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