Area stores are gearing up for a rush of deal seekers Black Friday, the biggest shopping event of the year.

According to a news release, JCPenney, which has a location in the Killeen Mall, will open its doors at 2 p.m. Thursday with a rush of Black Friday deals.

Among some of the deals are a $199.99 Xbox One S 1TB Minecraft bundle, a $399.99 55-inch LG UHD 4-K LED television and a $995 Samsung 25.5-cubic-foot, three-door French door refrigerator.

The Killeen Mall is scheduled to open its doors at 7 a.m. Friday for shoppers.

According to The Associated Press, retailers were expected to add as many as 650,000 new seasonal positions nationally this holiday season.

Wal-mart, which has multiple stores in the Killeen area, is prepping for Friday on the heels of its 11th straight quarter of increased sales, according to the AP.

“It’s a proxy for stores. If you run good stores, people will want to go to them,” said Walmart U.S. CEO Greg Foran, who will be on a plane from 2 p.m. to midnight Thanksgiving visiting stores and monitoring the sales.

According to its website, Wal-mart will begin offering its Black Friday deals on Wednesday, including $199 PS4 and Xbox One bundles, $59 Instant Pots, and $99 Google Home Hub, among other deals.

Target, which operates one location in Harker Heights, will open Black Friday deals Thursday, with a $69.95 Instant Pot 7-in-1 Duo 6-quart, a $349.99 TCL 55-inch Roku 4K Smart TV, and a $119.95 Fitbit Charge 3.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. | 254-501-7567

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