STEVENSVILLE — As Black Friday gets closer, a majority of area stores are already prepping for what has become the biggest day for retailers each year.

Among the stores seeking to get a jump on the competition are big box retailers such as Best Buy, Meijer and Walmart.

Shop early, shop often

Patrick Ross shows of the inventory of a game known as Gravitrax – a big seller this year for The Toy Company. The business is getting in on the action for Small Business Saturday in downtown St. Joseph later this week.