With so many Black Friday shoppers eager to save big on holiday gifts, many sales in recent years have been starting early on Thanksgiving Day. But this year, America's largest mall is stepping back from the increasingly popular practice, making a statement to retailers and shoppers everywhere.
The Mall of America, located in Bloomington, Minnesota, has announced that, for the first time since 2012, bargain hunters will have to hold out until 5 a.m. on Black Friday because the mall will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. For the first time ever, the mall's movie theater and amusement park will also be closed.
In a statement to the Associated Press, the retail giant said they "want to give this day back" to loved ones. "We think Thanksgiving is a day for families and for people we care about," said Jill Renslow, the mall's senior vice president of marketing.
But for the most eager of Black Friday shoppers, all hope is not lost. The Bloomington megamall, which is home to over 500 stores and employs over 15,000 people, has given its individual stores the option to remain open on Turkey Day. While officials don't expect many to do so, some still might.
In any case, the Mall of America is doing its part to put a stop to the Black Friday creep, and giving Thanksgiving Day the family focus it deserves. Here's hoping other major retailers are taking notice!
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