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Mall of America Will Close on Thanksgiving

For the second year in a row, the Mall of America will be closed on Thanksgiving. For the second year in a row, the Mall of America will be closed on Thanksgiving. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

November 02, 2017 04:23 PM

For the second time in a row, the largest shopping mall in the country will pushing back on early Black Friday sales. 

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The Mall of America announced Thursday it will close on Thanksgiving - but this time, it plans to take it a step further.

The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, is offering holiday pay on the Friday after Thanksgiving for the 1,200 people it directly employs.

Mall of America was among the retailers that took a stand against encroaching on Thanksgiving last year, as other shopping centers and big box stores opened on the holiday to capture early sales.

But owners of other malls are taking similar steps. The Star Tribune reports that CBL Properties will close its 75 shopping centers around the country on Thanksgiving, though stores, theaters and restaurants with exterior mall entrances will be given the option to open.

Miller Hill Mall in Duluth confirmed to Eyewitness News they plan to stay open on Thanksgiving day. However they will be open on a restricted schedule. The Mall will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. On Black Friday, the Mall will also be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Mall declined to comment if they would be paying workers overtime on either of those days. 

The Associated Press contributed to this story. 


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