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Charlottesville Stores Prepping for Black Friday Frenzy

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Black Friday shoppers are fueling up on turkey and dressing for a long day of shopping.  Stores are decking the shelves for the rush.

Employees at Old Navy in Charlottesville say it's the most exciting day of the year for retail employees. 

Preparing for the rush at Old Navy, employees have made their list and checked it twice.  They have to make sure there's enough room in the store for all the merchandise, the crowds, and overflowing shopping carts.

"We try to make sure that everything's kind of spread out so that people can still get carts through," said Old Navy manager Michelle Smith.  "Being creative in how you put things out on the floor and deciding where things are going to go."

They need to make sure the signs are clear and in place.   Smith said, "Everything in the store's on sale, so everything has to have a sign."

The sale signs are currently hidden behind the regular ones for a quick change to Black Friday prices.  And with those low prices, retailers are prepping for big lines.

"We have lines that go all the way down to the other end, and we're all standing around and trying to wave our hands for people to come up here, so this year we all did something different and I made a sign for mine so that way they can come to this line," said Old Navy cashier Litsa Roberts. 

Roberts is a 10-year Black Friday veteran, and she's got some insider tips for shoppers and other employees.

 "Keep in mind what you want, get the items," she said.  "My best bet is buy as many as you want, don't worry about what size you have, if it's not here get it now and then bring it back later and wear comfortable shoes because it's going to be crazy out here."

When Old Navy closes at 8:00 Thursday night, employees will kick into transition mode.  At midnight, the doors will open again at the store and at shops all over Charlottesville for the official start of Black Friday.

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