Mall of America to Close on Thanksgiving -- Sorry Black Friday Shoppers
Posted by Brandon Hedges & Matt Barker on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 12:00 AM By Brandon Hedges & Matt Barker / October 5, 2016 Comment
announced the mall will be closed on Thanksgiving -- the mall, including Nickelodeon Universe and the movie theater will be closed on Thanksgiving and open on Black Friday at 5 a.m. The mall has encouraged its 520+ retailers to do the same, but is not forcing any of them to follow suit. So the mall doors will be open, but it will not be the same pre-Black Friday frenzy as years past. A small number of mall security and maintenance crews will still work because some stores could remain open and the mall will be hosting the annual Walk to End Hunger Fundraiser.
“We’ve been talking about this for months, looking at the numbers, looking at the pros and the cons,” said Jill Renslow, the mall’s senior vice president of marketing and business development. “We’re excited to give this day back to our employees so they can celebrate with their families.”There are some 1,200 employees who work directly for the mall and now most of them will get this holiday off. The retailers within the mall employ over 13,000 people, all of whom would get Thanksgiving off to spend with loved ones if stores also close on the holiday. Some retailers will undoubtedly remain open -- but what I like, is that retailers here are actually going to be pressured to be closed on the holiday, where in years past they have been pressured to follow the trend and open early on Thanksgiving. This is the total right move by the Mall of America. I give the MOA leaders a ton of credit for making this decision, which in turn surrenders a lucrative half-day of profits. Photo by: Matthew Deery