Mall of America to Stay Closed on Thanksgiving

What's Hot

Do This or Your iPhone Bill May SkyrocketSave

23 Upgrades Under $50 to Make Your House Look AwesomeAround The House

Trump Worth $10 Billion Less Than If He’d Simply Invested in Index FundsBusiness

11 Places in the World Where You Can Afford to Retire in StyleMore

What You Need to Know for 2017 Obamacare EnrollmentFamily

8 Things Rich People Buy That Make Them Look DumbAround The House

32 of the Highest-Paid American SpeakersMake

Amazon Prime No Longer Pledges Free 2-Day Shipping on All ItemsMore

More Caffeine Means Less Dementia for WomenFamily

9 Tips to Ensure You’ll Have Enough to RetireFamily

30 Awesome Things to Do in RetirementCollege

5 Spots Where Retirees Can Live for Less Than $40,000Real Estate

10 Ways to Reduce Your Homeowner’s Insurance RatesFamily

10 Ways to Pull Together the Down Payment for a HomeCredit & Debt

Chew on This: The Story Behind Your Hershey’s Halloween TreatsBusiness

America's largest shopping mall is now trying to push back the "Christmas creep" trend by closing most of its operations until Black Friday.

The nation’s largest shopping mall is taking a stand against the growing Christmas-creep trend this Thanksgiving by closing most of its operations until 5 a.m. on Black Friday — the day after America’s big turkey feast.

For the first time in 24 years, the Mall of America’s movie theaters and its amusement park — Nickelodeon Universe — will close on the holiday, according to the StarTribune newspaper.

According to the StarTribune, the Bloomington, Minnesota, mall is hoping its 520-plus stores will choose to remain closed to shoppers on Thanksgiving — although the stores have the option to open.

Jill Renslow, the Mall of America’s senior vice president of marketing and business development, tells the StarTribune that the mall’s move is an effort to “bring that special magic back to Black Friday.” Renslow adds:

“We’ve been talking about this for months, looking at the numbers, looking at the pros and the cons. We’re excited to give this day back to our employees so they can celebrate with their families.”

The mall joins a growing list of retailers bucking “Christmas creep” — a controversial trend for stores to open and offer Black Friday-type discounts on the Thanksgiving holiday itself, rather than opening early the day after for the official kickoff to the holiday shopping season. A 2015 survey revealed that nearly 2 out of 3 consumers say they hate or dislike retailers being open on Thanksgiving.

“Given its size and status, the Mall of America [closure on Thanksgiving] could inspire other malls and stores to follow suit,” says the Associated Press.

What do you think of the mall’s decision to stay closed on Thanksgiving? When do you do your holiday shopping? Sound off below or on our Facebook page.

Stacy Johnson

It's not the usual blah, blah, blah

I know... every site you visit wants you to subscribe to their newsletter. But our news and advice is actually worth reading! For 25 years, I've been making people richer without making their eyes glaze over. You'll be glad you did. I guarantee it!


Read Next: How to Earn Cash Back on Every Online purchase and Get a Free $10 Gift Card

Check Out Our Hottest Deals!

We're always adding new deals and coupons that'll save you big bucks. See the deals to the right and hundreds more in our Deals section.

Click here to explore 1,731 more deals!