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‘Mall of America’ will be closed on Thanksgiving — should other stores follow?

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MINNEAPOLIS — Mall of America, the largest shopping mall in the U.S., will be closed on Thanksgiving and will re-open at 5 a.m. on Black Friday, mall officials confirmed on Wednesday.

“Mall of America will be closed on Thanksgiving,” the mall said in a statement on Wednesday. “We’re pleased to give this day back to our 15,000 employees and their families.”

The mall has been open on Thanksgiving Day every year since 2012.

While the mall will remain closed, some of the 520 stores may opt to open on Thanksgiving. If some stores do open, the mall will provide security to those stores, according to the Star Tribune.

Over 1,200 employees who work directly for the mall will get the day off. If all stores at the mall choose to close, nearly 13,000 employees will get to spend Thanksgiving at home.

Most national retailers have not yet announced their Thanksgiving or Black Friday hours. Last year, many retailers opened as early as 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

Even if retailers decide to close on Thanksgiving Day, you can expect online retailers to continue offering Thursday-only deals to get a jump on Black Friday.


  • MIchael

    There is NO reason to have the stupid sales on thanksgiving. if you really need to give your child that toy, then you send the wrong message.

  • Santa

    People have families and lives. Work is not something people want to do but need to do. People do not need to go shopping. It is a luxury and most Americans who live paycheck to paycheck or beyond their means can not longer afford.
    Shoppers have a full year to plan, save and prepare for Christmas or whatever holiday your family celebrates.
    There is NO reason why “poor” underpaid and over worked retail clerks should have to work a 3rd shift or holiday.
    If you did not plan and get your shopping done at least a week before you do not need to buy a gift on Christmas eve.
    I do ALL my shopping online. I hate the traffic, I hate the parking at the malls, I hate the crowds and I hate the RUDE shoppers and sales clerks.

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