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Many stores in Rockdale and Newton are starting Black Friday sales on Thursday

CONYERS — It appears that a good number of shoppers will be headed out to the stores this year shortly after carving the turkey, with many retailers opening their doors early Thanksgiving evening.

Throughout the country, Black Friday has become Black Thursday with a significant number of major store chains planning to start their sales the day of Thanksgiving. Consumers in Rockdale and Newton counties will have no shortage of options to choose from to commence the Christmas shopping season.

Covington’s Kmart location is scheduled to kick off sale prices as early as 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. This means that the store will be open for 41 consecutive hours until 11 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29.

Kohl’s in Conyers will spring the sales on shoppers beginning at 8 p.m. on Thursday. The store plans to incorporate its Rock the Savings event along with its other holiday deals until 1 p.m. on Friday.

Walmart has become one of the nation’s largest retailers. Although the store is open 24 hours a day, its Black Friday sales will begin at different times. Some items will officially go on sale at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, more prices will be slashed at 8 p.m., and the rest of the sale merchandise will go into effect at 8 a.m. on Friday.

“We’re expecting a large amount of shoppers on Thanksgiving,” said Conyers Walmart Assistant Manager Cornelius Thomas.

Along with the Conyers location, the two Walmart stores in Covington are anticipating hoards of customers.

The Stonecrest shopping area will also have some stores open on Turkey Day. Toys R Us will open at 5 p.m. and Best Buy plans to begin the sales at 6 p.m.