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Phoenix-area Walmart employees prepare for rush of Thanksgiving shoppers

Walmart shoppers grab the best deals on technology, toys and other goods starting Thanksgiving night. This year, Walmart employees in the Valley said they are preparing in advance for the huge number of customers. (Photo courtesy of Walmart)

PHOENIX — Walmart stores around the Valley are preparing for the big crowds expected on Thanksgiving night.

The store’s holiday sales kick off at 6 p.m. and workers said they are ready to handle the high number of customers.

“We’ve made plans five, six months prior,” said Ralph Ikpelue, store manager at the Santan Valley Walmart. “It’ll be business as usual: Just take care of the customers, make sure they have the availability they want and take care of business.”

Ikpelue said there will also be deals online starting at 1 a.m. Arizona time on Thanksgiving.

“You can enjoy the Black Friday prices and not be in the store with the rush,” Ikpelue said.

While there will be deals for electronics and toys online, deals on certain items, like Beats headphones and Xbox Ones, will only be available in store. Nationwide, about 22 million people are expected to shop at Walmart stores on Thanksgiving.

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