Knoxville-area major retailers gear up for Black Friday shopping

Knoxville-area major retailers gear up for Black Friday shopping rush

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Walmart says consumers can expect major price cuts on the most highly-sought after items. Walmart says consumers can expect major price cuts on the most highly-sought after items.
Electronics are at the top of the list, namely big screen TVs and iPads, followed closely by all the things kids are hoping to see under their Christmas tree. Electronics are at the top of the list, namely big screen TVs and iPads, followed closely by all the things kids are hoping to see under their Christmas tree.
"I think it's all about the kids, so toys, toys and more toys," said Alcoa Walmart General Manager Boyce Smith. "I think it's all about the kids, so toys, toys and more toys," said Alcoa Walmart General Manager Boyce Smith.
"It's exciting. It's fun. Just the anticipation. Just kind of the fever in the building. It's packed. There's people everywhere," said Lisa Sanders, a training coordinator at the store. "It's exciting. It's fun. Just the anticipation. Just kind of the fever in the building. It's packed. There's people everywhere," said Lisa Sanders, a training coordinator at the store.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

ALCOA (WATE) - With Black Friday just three days away, and with many stores starting their deals as early as Thanksgiving night, major retailers across the country are gearing up for the big day, including stores in East Tennessee.

Stores like Walmart are readying their biggest deals, hoping to draw customers in.

Employees at the Walmart in Alcoa, who've worked many Black Fridays, are already anticipating what this year's massive annual shopping day will bring.

"It's exciting. It's fun. Just the anticipation. Just kind of the fever in the building. It's packed. There's people everywhere," said Lisa Sanders, a training coordinator at the store.

They're busy getting the store and the sales ready for the thousands of expected discount-savvy shoppers.

"You're looking for a deal, and you're looking for the best prices. It's the best prices so you can take care of your family," said Sanders.

Walmart says consumers can expect major price cuts on the most highly-sought after items.

Electronics are at the top of the list, namely big screen TVs and iPads, followed closely by all the things kids are hoping to see under their Christmas tree.

"I think it's all about the kids, so toys, toys and more toys," said Alcoa Walmart General Manager Boyce Smith.

This year, there are 20 Black Friday items on a one-hour guarantee.

"What that means, if during that hour and you're in that line, you're guaranteed to get that merchandise," said Smith.

You're still guaranteed the item even if they run out of them in the store.

"It gets shipped to the store and you come and pick it up before Christmas. So you're guaranteed on 20 different items that you're going to get that before Christmas," said Smith.

They're also got a "kids' choice" section this year.

"We took 1,000 kids, we put them in a room with all the toys they might like for Christmas and we let them pick the items," said Smith. "If you're not a parent and maybe you have to buy a gift for a niece or nephew, and you really don't know the toy market that well, the kids' choice items will actually steer you in the right direction."

Shoppers can go to Walmart's website right now and print out a Black Friday map of their local store to help find those great deals. It will show the locations inside the store of all the hot items.

"You can just print that off at home, make your plans and then come shopping," said Smith.

The Alcoa Walmart's Black Friday deals begin at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving night.

The store is bringing in extra employees that day to help things go as smoothly as possible.

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