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Updated Dec 26, 2013 - 11:34 am

Stores expecting big business for day-after-Christmas sales

Phoenix - Valley stores are expecting big business as customers come in for after Christmas sales.

Wal-Mart is offering up to 50 percent off on thousands of items, and there are also sales at such stores as K Mart, Target, Kohls, and Macy's.

Things were slow early this morning at the Wal-Mart at 51st Avenue and Indian School.

Customer Norm Johnson stopped into the grocery department soon after the store opened at 5:00 a.m.

"I forget to get milk yesterday and everything was closed, so I came in this morning," Johnson said.

He is a regular customer and laughed as he said, "I'm the one who gets sent out every morning because the wife doesn't want to do it."

He said the store actually had fewer customers than on most mornings.

Things started to pick up just before 8:00 a.m. Lili Rodriguez and her friends admitted they were here for the sales. "Today I stocked up on hair products and makeup," Rodriguez said. "I can never get enough of that."

Her friend, Brenda Gonzalez, said Wal-Mart was just the first stop for their group. "We're going to go to Walgreens and we're going to go to Kohl's and take advantage," she said. "You can't beat these deals."

Gonzalez regularly shops at this Wal-Mart, and knew that she would have no problem getting in and out of the store if she got here early. She joked that would pick up around noon, "when everyone gets out of bed."

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Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I am married to my wife Rene', who is a librarian in the Washington school district. During free time, I may be found playing basketball in the driveway with my son, Devin. He's also keeping me busy with school, Little League, and playing in chess tournaments around the Valley.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: Doug Oldham gospel concert in the 1970s at the old East High School in Phoenix.

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Northern Hills Community Church in Phoenix. We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.

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