HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Turtle Creek mall will be closed on Thanksgiving, according to a news release issued by the mall's parent company.
CBL & Associates, a major developer that owns Turtle Creek and 89 other malls, announced that it is closing 72 of its malls on Thanksgiving as opposed to opening at 6 a.m. on Black Friday.
"We want to bring back the excitement of Black Friday shopping as the true start of the holiday shopping season and allow our employees, retailers, and shoppers to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with their families," said Stephen Lebovitz, President and CEO, CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. "After evaluating feedback from our mall employees and retail partners as well as input from our shoppers, we determined that this was the best decision for our properties."
Some exceptions include major department stores with exterior entrances such as J.C. Penny. Movie theaters, restaurants and other tenants with outside entrances can also stay open, according to a press release issued by CBL & Associates.
This news comes shortly after The Mall of America announced their decision to close on Thanksgiving.
In recent years retailers have moved Black Friday sales up to the afternoon of Thanksgiving in hopes of turning more profit, but data showed that the earlier hours were not making spending any bigger.
Headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, CBL is one of the largest and most active owners and developers of malls and shopping centers in the United States. CBL owns, holds interests in or manages 144 properties, including 89 regional malls/open-air centers, according to the company's website.
The properties are located in 31 states and total 82.6 million square feet including 8.6 million square feet of non-owned shopping centers managed for third parties. Additional information can be found at cblproperties.com.
To see the full list of malls closed by CBL & Associates, click here.