NORTH CAROLINA -- Several North Carolina malls and stores are choosing to close once again for Thanksgiving Day.
This comes after a majority of stores decided to open on Thanksgiving in years past for Black Friday sales. That decision was met with strong disapproval from many employees and customers alike.
The following North Carolina malls, all operated by CBL & Associates Properties, Inc., will close this year:
- Alamance Crossing - Burlington, N.C.
- Asheville Mall - Asheville N.C.
- Cary Towne Center - Cary, N.C.
- Cross Creek Mall - Fayetteville, N.C.
- Friendly Center - Greensboro, N.C.
- Hanes Mall - Winston-Salem, N.C.
- Mayfaire Town Center - Wilmington, N.C.
- Triangle Town Center - Raleigh, N.C.
This is the second year CBL & Associates Properties will close for the holiday. All CBL-operated malls will instead open at 6 a.m. on Black Friday.
Stephen Levovitz, CEO and president of the mall group, released the following statement:
“The support that we received last year when we made this decision was overwhelmingly positive. It is based on this feedback from our retail partners, employees of CBL and retailers at our properties, as well as the customers in our markets that we made the decision to again close our centers on Thanksgiving Day.”
In addition to those malls, several retail stores have announced they will be closed, as well. According to bestblackfriday.com, the following stores will close: