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Stores gear up for Black Friday madness

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By: Hannah Paczkowski

It's that time of year again. Lines in the wee hours of the morning and stampedes to save that extra buck. A tradition Jonathan Dearmont tries to stay away from.

"I like to avoid all the crowds, it's kind of challenging to fight through all those people that are shopping for sales, so I stay away," he said.

Diana Ward is no stranger to standing in line at 5 a.m. to score the greatest deals.

"It's been cold many times," she said.

This year shoppers might not have to get up as early. For the first time, some stores like JCPenney are opening their doors at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

"It makes it a longer shopping experience hopefully the lines won't be as long because we'll be open longer," store manager Faride Kastra said.

JCPenney's door buster sales will last until 1 p.m. Friday, giving shoppers a 17-hour window to check out the hot ticket items.

"Crock pots, griddles, coffee makers all those will be on sale," Kastra said.

As well as deals on clothing and footwear. Even though shoppers have a longer amount of time to check out the big sales, Dearmont said he's still not shopping.

"I feel like it's become a 2–day Black Friday thing instead of the actual Thanksgiving holiday," he said.

 JCPenney said they hired nearly 60 extra holiday workers, so they hope to have everything running smoothly for Thursday's big sales.

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