When the dust settles and the parking lots clear, local retailers will consider the holiday shopping season in full swing. According to managers at corporate stores like Wal-Mart and JCPenney, the day marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season and is one of the busiest days for their stores all year.

While Black Friday is known to draw in the shoppers, many retailers, both locally and nation wide, began sales as early as 8 p.m. on Thursday evening. In Stephenville, Wal-Mart began Black Friday specials at 8 and 10 p.m. on Thursday with some sales continuing throughout the day on Friday. Rue 21 opened its doors at 8 p.m. on Thursday and did not close again until 9 p.m. on Friday, with sales throughout the store.

Despite early sales at competitors' stores, Gifford's Electronics, JCPenney and Hibbett Sports remained closed on Thursday (Thanksgiving) so their employees could spend time with their families on the holiday. These stores opened for Black Friday shopping, some early and some for normal business hours. Officials with Gifford's and JCPenney both said they would continue to have sales on Saturday as well.

Hibbett's manager, Brad Smith, said his store would be offering great specials throughout the store on Friday and Saturday, but would continue to have sale pricing into next week. Chris Gifford said his store would have special deals on items throughout the holiday shopping season and would be open for Small Business Saturday as well.

So if you decided to sleep in on Black Friday, don't worry. There are still great deals out there to be had.