“We’re pleased to give this day back to our 15,000 employees and their families.”
They will re-open for “Black Friday,” a day traditionally set aside for large discounts and slashed prices on many consumer goods.
The Mall America, by deciding to remain closed during the holiday, is taking a stand against a trend for large retailers to remain open during this universally celebrated day. Last year several chains like Wal-Mart and Target stayed open, while others remained closed, like the more upscale department store Nordstrom.
“We’ve been talking about this for months, looking at the numbers, looking at the pros and the cons,” Jill Renslow, the mall’s senior vice president of marketing and business development, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “We’re excited to give this day back to our employees so they can celebrate with their families.”