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By ALLISON MILES
Nov. 21, 2012 at 5:21 a.m.
Updated Nov. 22, 2012 at 5:22 a.m.

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It began weeks ago, when advertisements leaked online and gathered steam as retailers promoted their deals.

On Tuesday, a line began forming outside the Victoria Mall.

And it all culminates this week.

Black Friday, the post-Thanksgiving rush for larger-than-life deals, is upon us. And this year, some retailers plan to start Thursday.

Up to 147 million people will shop this weekend, according to a National Retail Federation news release. More specifically, 71 million shoppers plan to shop, while another 76 million said they plan to wait and check out the in-store deals, according to the release.

Planning to be among those in-store bargain hunters? Here's a look at hours for some Victoria stores.

Aeropostale: Midnight-10 p.m.

American Eagle: Midnight-9 p.m.

Bath and Body Works: Midnight-9 p.m.

Beall's: 8 p.m.-midnight Thursday and 6 a.m.- 9 p.m. Friday

Bed Bath and Beyond: 5 a.m.-9 p.m.

Best Buy: Midnight-10 p.m.

Big Lots: 6 a.m.-11 p.m.

BonWorth: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Burke's Outlet: 6 a.m.-11 p.m.

Children's Place: Midnight-9 p.m.

Claire's: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Dillard's: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Finish Line: Midnight-10 p.m.

Foot Locker: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

GameStop: 12:01 a.m.-11 p.m.

Gordon's Jewelers: Midnight- 3 a.m. and 7 a.m.-9 p.m.

Hastings: 8 a.m.-11 p.m.

Hibbett Sports: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

High Brehm Hats and Western Wear: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Home Depot: 5 a.m.-10 p.m.

J.C. Penney: 6 a.m.-11 p.m.

Journeys: Midnight-10 p.m.

Justice: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Kay Jewelers: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Kohl's: Midnight-midnight

Lowe's Home Improvement: 5 a.m.-9 p.m.

Maurices: Midnight-2 a.m. and 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

PacSun: Midnight-9 p.m.

Piercing Pagoda: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Radio Shack: 6 a.m.-9 p.m.

Regal Jewelers: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Sunglass Hut: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

T.J. Maxx: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Target: 9 p.m. Thursday- midnight Friday

Tractor Supply Co.: 6 a.m.- 8 p.m.

Victoria Harley-Davidson: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m.

Victoria's Secret: Midnight-10 p.m.

Walmart: Deals begin at 8 p.m. Thursday

Source: Store personnel and advertisements

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