73 shopping malls to close for Thanksgiving

73 shopping malls to close for Thanksgiving
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CBL & Associates, a major mall operator based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, will close 73 of its malls and shopping centers nationwide on Thanksgiving Day, Clark.com has confirmed. 

Department stores, movie theaters, restaurants and stores with exterior entrances will still have the option to open.

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The closings will reportedly allow about 1,500 mall employees and between 750 and 2,000 retail workers per location to take the holiday off. The shopping centers will reopen Friday at 6 a.m. 

“We want to bring back the excitement of Black Friday shopping as the true start of the holiday shopping season and allow our employees, retailers, and shoppers to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with their families,” said Stephen Lebovitz, President and CEO, CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. “After evaluating feedback from our mall employees and retail partners as well as input from our shoppers, we determined that this was the best decision for our properties.”

Here’s a full list of the CBL properties that will be closed: 

  1. Acadiana Mall — Lafayette, LA
  2. Alamance Crossing — Burlington, NC
  3. Arbor Place — Douglasville, GA
  4. Asheville Mall — Asheville, NC
  5. Brookfield Square — Brookfield, WI
  6. Burnsville Center — Burnsville, MN
  7. Cary Towne Center — Cary, NC
  8. Chapel Hills Mall — Colorado Springs, CO
  9. CherryVale Mall — Rockford, IL
  10. Coastal Grand — Myrtle Beach, SC
  11. College Square — Morristown, TN
  12. CoolSprings Galleria — Franklin (Nashville), TN
  13. Dakota Square — Minot, ND
  14. East Towne Mall — Madison, WI
  15. EastGate Mall — Cincinnati, OH
  16. Eastland Mall — Bloomington, IL
  17. Fayette Mall — Lexington, KY
  18. Foothills Mall — Maryville, TN
  19. Friendly Center — Greensboro, NC
  20. Frontier Mall — Cheyenne, WY
  21. Gadsden Mall — Gadsden, AL
  22. Greenbrier Mall — Chesapeake, VA
  23. Hamilton Place — Chattanooga, TN
  24. Hanes Mall — Winston-Salem, NC
  25. The Hanover Mall — Hanover, MA
  26. Harford Mall — Bel Air, MD
  27. Hickory Point Mall — Forsyth, IL
  28. Honey Creek Mall — Terre Haute, IN
  29. Imperial Valley Mall — El Centro, CA
  30. Janesville Mall — Janesville, WI
  31. Jefferson Mall — Louisville, KY
  32. Kirkwood Mall — Bismarck, ND
  33. Lakeshore Mall — Gainesville, GA
  34. Laurel Park Place — Livonia, MI
  35. Layton Hills Mall — Layton, UT
  36. Mall del Norte — Laredo, TX
  37. Mayfaire Town Center — Wilmington, NC
  38. Meridian Mall — Okemos, MI
  39. Mid Rivers Mall — St. Peters, MO
  40. Monroeville Mall — Monroeville, PA
  41. New River Valley Mall — Christiansburg, VA
  42. Northgate Mall — Hixson (Chattanooga), TN
  43. Northpark Mall — Joplin, MO
  44. Northwoods Mall — Charleston, SC
  45. Oak Park Mall — Overland Park, KS
  46. Old Hickory Mall — Jackson, TN
  47. Park Plaza Mall — Little Rock, AR
  48. Parkdale Mall — Beaumont, TX
  49. Parkway Place — Huntsville, AL
  50. Pearland Town Center — Pearland, TX
  51. Post Oak Mall — College Station, TX
  52. Randolph Mall — Asheboro, NC
  53. Regency Mall — Racine, WI
  54. Richland Mall — Waco, TX
  55. River Ridge Mall — Lynchburg, VA
  56. South County Center — St. Louis, MO
  57. Southpark Mall — Colonial Heights, VA
  58. St. Clair Square — Fairview Heights, IL
  59. Stroud Mall — Stroudsburg, PA
  60. Sunrise Mall — Brownsville, TX
  61. Triangle Town Center — Raleigh, NC
  62. Turtle Creek Mall — Hattiesburg, MS
  63. University Mall — Burlington, VT
  64. Valley View Mall — Roanoke, VA
  65. Volusia Mall — Daytona Beach, FL
  66. Walnut Square — Dalton, GA
  67. West County Center — St. Louis, MO
  68. West Park Mall — Cape Girardeau, MO
  69. WestGate Mall — Spartanburg, SC
  70. West Towne Mall — Madison, WI
  71. Westmoreland Mall — Greensburg, PA
  72. Wiregrass Commons Mall — Dothan, AL
  73. York Galleria — York, PA

The announcement comes after Mall of America, the largest shopping center in the country, also decided it won’t open on Thanksgiving.

What’s different this year? There has been a lot of backlash from consumers over the practice of opening on the holiday, and some retailers may have realized that it doesn’t really help their bottom line. 

However, many major retailers will open on Thanksgiving. Here’s a list of Black Friday and Thanksgiving 2016 store hours.

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