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Multiple area malls closed on Thanksgiving Day

Posted October 17

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, the following stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day 2016:

A.C. Moore
Academy Sports
American Girl
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
Guitar Center
Harbor Freight
Hobby Lobby
Home Depot
Jo-Ann Fabrics
Mall of America (Subject to Individual Store Changes)
Mattress Firm
Mills Fleet Farm
Neiman Marcus
Nordstrom Rack
Office Max / Office Depot
P.C. Richard & Son
Pier 1 Imports
Sam's Club
Sierra Trading Post
The Container Store
T.J. Maxx
Tractor Supply

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?


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  • bailey5660 Oct 21, 7:29 p.m.

    Close all, it's a time for family.

  • maureenmercer1 Oct 21, 6:18 p.m.

    Bravo to all stores that close on Thanksgiving Day

  • ltally46 Oct 19, 7:12 a.m.

    Glad to see Thanksgiving Day being somewhat restored to holiday status.

  • jdouglas13 Oct 18, 6:38 p.m.

    Just my opinion... while I am glad the stores are closed on Thanksgiving for a national holiday, I think going back to being closed on Sunday is not a good idea. I realize that being closed on Sundays benefits folks who are Christian so they can observe their faith and celebrate their Sabbath, but not everyone is Christian, nor is everyone's Sabbath on Sunday. My observant friends and family who are Jewish celebrate their Sabbath from sundown Friday evening to sundown Saturday evening. Assuming they work during the week, Sunday is their day for shopping and errands. In a multicultural country such as ours, I would hope that stores continue to stay open on Sunday to meet everyone's needs.

  • thetaters Oct 17, 8:17 p.m.

    I love the fact that they are closed on Thanksgiving! More should follow their lead!

  • luvstoQ Oct 17, 7:26 p.m.

    Hope more stores will join the list. Thanksgiving is my favorite holidayl

    Now, if they would only go back to being closed on Sundays also. I applaud Chic fil A, Hobby Lobby, and a few others that do that now.

  • observant Oct 17, 5:17 p.m.

    HURRAY for the workers who can be with family or just rest before the crazy "shop to you drop' Black Friday !!
    I refuse to shop on Thanksgiving - if I forgot it the day before then we live without it .
    My DH works alternating Thanksgiving/Christmas every year (hospitals do not close ) so the few hours he has off are special .

  • aerogirl2084 Oct 17, 5:03 p.m.

    Hallelujah! It seems a little bit of common sense is (finally) kicking in for some folks--I only wish Crabtree Valley Mall would follow suit--speaking as a part time mall employee, it's the right thing to do, and it's frustrating to have to play the 'waiting game' each holiday season to see whether I'll get to spend the entire day of Thanksgiving with my family or not. Great call, Mr. Lebovitz!

  • dpwebb Oct 17, 3:36 p.m.

    I think this is the best news I have heard in a long time. I have worked in retail for 13 years and I have never understood how Black Friday became Black Turkey Thursday. Holidays are meant to be spent with family, not shopping. Let Black Friday start at 6 am on Friday and not before. I hope this catches on to all stores.

  • jdouglas13 Oct 17, 3:29 p.m.

    I've never thought it was right for department stores to kick off Black Friday on Thanksgiving Day. They should stay closed. Probably the grocery stores too, but I have to confess I'm glad to know that I can pick up something I've forgotten if I need to on Thanksgiving morning.

    To the local malls who are closed on Thanksgiving, well done for doing the right thing! When I do my shopping in the future, I will remember who stayed closed and they will earn my shopping dollars doing so.