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Paulding shoppers gobble up Black Friday deals
by Adam Elrod
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Jayden Heck from Powder Springs has fun with early Christmas gifts during early "Black Friday" shopping at JCPenney in Hiram this morning.
Jayden Heck from Powder Springs has fun with early Christmas gifts during early "Black Friday" shopping at JCPenney in Hiram this morning.
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Leann Shelnutt from Powder Springs stands in line with early Christmas gifts during early "Black Friday" shopping at J.C. Penney in Hiram.
Leann Shelnutt from Powder Springs stands in line with early Christmas gifts during early "Black Friday" shopping at J.C. Penney in Hiram.
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Salvation Army "Bell Ringer" Charlie Reid greets shoppers during early "Black Friday" shopping at JCPenney in Hiram.
Salvation Army "Bell Ringer" Charlie Reid greets shoppers during early "Black Friday" shopping at JCPenney in Hiram.
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Casey Wood and mother Donna Garner of Dallas browse for early Christmas gifts during early "Black Friday" shopping at JCPenney in Hiram.
Casey Wood and mother Donna Garner of Dallas browse for early Christmas gifts during early "Black Friday" shopping at JCPenney in Hiram.
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Brooke Doty from Dallas looks at a watch as fine jewelry specialist Precious Daniels adjusts the band for her during early "Black Friday" shopping at JCPenney in Hiram.
Staff /Joe Livingston Brooke Doty from Dallas looks at a watch as fine jewelry specialist Precious Daniels adjusts the band for her during early "Black Friday" shopping at JCPenney in Hiram.
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Paula Daniels of Powder Springs looks through a sale catalog for deals during early "Black Friday" shopping at JCPenney in Hiram.
Paula Daniels of Powder Springs looks through a sale catalog for deals during early "Black Friday" shopping at JCPenney in Hiram.
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Men's wear specialist David Knox sets up a new mannequin with sale items during early "Black Friday" shopping at JCPenney in Hiram.
Men's wear specialist David Knox sets up a new mannequin with sale items during early "Black Friday" shopping at JCPenney in Hiram.
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Michele Waldrop from Dallas picks up early Christmas gifts during early "Black Friday" shopping at JCPenney in Hiram.
Michele Waldrop from Dallas picks up early Christmas gifts during early "Black Friday" shopping at JCPenney in Hiram.
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Karen Stargel from Hiram sorts through sweaters for Christmas gifts.
Karen Stargel from Hiram sorts through sweaters for Christmas gifts.
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Support specialist Shannon Mahoney stocks up merchandise racks.
Support specialist Shannon Mahoney stocks up merchandise racks.
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JCPenney support lead expert Debbie McLarin sets out new sweaters.
JCPenney support lead expert Debbie McLarin sets out new sweaters.
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Black Friday arrived once again last week, bringing shoppers to find deals among Paulding retailers.

Among the stores were JCPenney of Hiram.

Store Leader Kim Breuner found about 200 customers waiting for the doors to open at 6, she said.

“Shoppers appear to be going to the register with more in their arms, and buying more,” said Breuner.

The parking lot at the store on Jimmy Lee Smith Parkway was mostly full around 9 a.m.

Shoppers picked up such deals as $5 scarves and $8 appliances.

Store official Shannon Mahoney said she arrived at 3:45 a.m. to find customers already lined up for the store’s opening at 6 a.m.

“We are expecting to do well," Mahoney said.

Customer Casey Wood of Dallas said she plans on buying the same amount as last year.

“I made a budget, and I am sticking to it,” she said.

Debbie McLarin, the store's support lead expert, said she has worked 12 Black Fridays at a variety of retailers.

“This year is the biggest year I've seen so far,” said McLarin.

She said she believes that customers now have worked out strategies on how to get the best deals.

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