Thursday, October 6, 2016
Giving Thanksgiving back: America’s largest mall goes old-school on holiday
At Hot Air by Ed Morrissey
And by “old school,” I mean closed. Bucking a trend in recent years that has pushed Black Friday back into Thanksgiving Thursday, the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota has decided to stick to the calendar. They will shut down operations on the holiday for the first time in five years — albeit with a caveat:
The Friday after Thanksgiving had long served as the official kickoff to the holiday shopping season. But over the past several years, Thanksgiving has become the new tradition as malls and stores try to outdo others to get their first dibs on the shopper at a time of increasing competition from online retailers. Many major stores like Macy’s, Target and J.C. Penney have opened increasingly earlier on Thanksgiving. But the move has also been controversial as many workers have voiced complaints and signed petitions that stores are putting profits over workers’ time to be with their families.