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Mall receives positive feedback for plan to close on Thanksgiving

Jefferson Mall will not be open on Thanksgiving Day. (Source: Mike Kalasnik/Creative Commons) Jefferson Mall will not be open on Thanksgiving Day. (Source: Mike Kalasnik/Creative Commons)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – It is hard to believe Thanksgiving is only about a month away. Not only is this holiday about the turkey and time with family, lately it's also been about getting a jump start on Christmas shopping.

While it may seem like more and more stores are opening the day before Black Friday - some are choosing to take a stand.

Unlike most malls and shopping centers in the Louisville area, Jefferson Mall, for the most part, will be closed this Thanksgiving. It's a decision that has prompted overwhelmingly positive feedback.

“You should be home with your family on that day,” shopper Mickey Spalding said.

Despite being open Thanksgiving night in years past, come this Turkey Day, the halls of Jefferson Mall will be quiet. The mall's owner, CBL & Associates Properties, Inc., made the decision after talking to shoppers and workers alike.

“This is really going to allow the mall employees, the retailers, myself as a mall employee to be able to spend time with my family on Thanksgiving,” Jefferson Mall’s Heather Edge said.

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Mall St. Matthews and Oxmoor Center will open from 6 p.m. to midnight Thanksgiving, but it will be optional for retailers. The same is expected to be true at Green Tree Mall as managers wait to see what the anchor stores decide.

“If they want to open fine, but I still think families should be together that day,” Spalding said.

While Jefferson Mall will be closed, the department stores with exterior entrances will have their own say. Mall management expects all four will open, but the times are still to be determined.  

Studies show, last year alone consumers spent nearly $2 billion out shopping on Thanksgiving Day. Madison White admits she contributed last year.

“We have to leave Thanksgiving early to get here at the mall and go to Target and everything,” White said. “It's worth it, but then it's not worth it.”

She said she appreciates the stores taking a stance and not opening before Black Friday and if more followed suit, she would stay home. 

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“I think it's good, I think all the malls and all the stores should do that, I don't think shopping is worth leaving your family especially on Thanksgiving, like a thankful holiday, so I think it's good, I think everyone should do it,” White said.

Jefferson Mall management does not anticipate being closed Thanksgiving will have impact any on overall holiday profits.

The mall will be fully opened on Black Friday starting at 6 a.m.

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