Multiple area malls will be closed on Thanksgiving Day for the first time in many years.
CBL & Associates Properties will be closing shopping malls across the country on Thanksgiving Day this year including locations in Raleigh, Cary and Fayetteville.
Triangle Town Center in Raleigh, Cary Town Center in Cary and Cross Creek Mall in Fayetteville will all be closed (mostly) on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2016.
Some stores with their own outside mall entrances, such as restaurants and anchor stores, may have the option to open on Thanksgiving Day. Stores that only have indoor entrances will be closed. Most indoor stores will be opening at 6:00 am on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.
“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.”
According to BFAds.net, the following stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day 2016:
AT&T (Customer Service + Select Retail Locations)
Barnes & Noble
Bed Bath & Beyond (Select Locations)
BJ's Wholesale Club
Blain's Farm & Fleet
Christmas Tree Shops (Select Locations)
Crate and Barrel
Mall of America (Subject to Individual Store Changes)
Mills Fleet Farm
Office Max / Office Depot
P.C. Richard & Son
Pier 1 Imports
Sierra Trading Post
The Container Store
What do you think about the decision to close these stores and malls?
Is it the right move or do you wish they would be open on Thanksgiving Day?