By Mollie Miller

Killeen Daily Herald

FORT HOOD More than 500 people crowded around the doors of Fort Hoods Clear Creek Post Exchange early Friday morning intent on working off big turkey dinners and finding holiday bargains.

We are busier this year than we were last year, said store manager Deb Jantek.

Offering a special discount coupon for the early shoppers and a $20 gift card for the first 100 people through the doors, Jantek said most people lined up early for the special offers and not to purchase any particular product.

We are letting the customers choose what is on sale this year, Jantek said, referring to the discount coupons that were distributed to the shoppers Friday.

While there was no clear front runner for the most popular item at the store, Jantek said crockpots, cordless drills and battery operated cars were going fast on the first official day of holiday shopping.

Its an electronic Christmas, Jantek said. Everybody wants gadgets this year.

Sisters Isalene Welch, Tempsie Jones and Miniver Freeman came out for holiday shopping at the post exchange Friday to work of Thanksgiving dinner and browse for holiday deals. From Plano, San Antonio and Austin respectively, the three sisters said they come to the post exchange every holiday specifically for the deals.

We are shopping for presents for the family, Freeman said. We like to agree on what we are giving everyone.

Holiday specials at the post exchange will continue through Christmas and will be highlighted by a tent sale which begins Wednesday. Schedules of upcoming sales and events are available outside of the store.

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