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Mall owner Simon Property Group will keep stores closed on Thanksgiving

September 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

HURST, TEXAS - MAY 01: An aerial drone photo of a near empty parking lot as the North East Mall reopens on May 01, 2020 in Hurst, Texas. Simon Property Group, which owns North East Mall, plans to start reopening 49 malls and outlet centers amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as states relax stay at home orders. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Mall owner Simon Property Group said Monday its locations will remain closed on Thanksgiving, though they will open the following day for Black Friday.

New York (CNN Business)It has not been unusual in recent years for shoppers to skip the turkey dinner on Thanksgiving to stand in long lines outside of malls in hopes of scoring a cheap TV or doorbuster deal.

But this year, at some of America's biggest malls and outlet centers, the Thanksgiving Day discount shopping frenzy won't be happening.

Mall owner Simon Property Group (SPG) said Monday its locations will remain closed on Thanksgiving, though they will open the following day for Black Friday.

"In these challenging times, we made the decision that we will not open on Thanksgiving Day, instead allowing our associates to spend the holiday with their loved ones," David Simon, the company's CEO, said in a release.

The announcement marks a major shift in strategy for the biggest shopping weekend of the year — which had been getting longer and longer, with more stores opening on Thanksgiving and promotions extending to Cyber Monday and into December.

Simon's decision may also reflect that fact that, even before the pandemic, consumers had been increasingly opting to shop Thanksgiving and Black Friday deals online, rather than joining the mad dash in stores.

Last year, Thanksgiving Day online sales hit a record $4. 2 billion.

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