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West Town Mall will be closed on Thanksgiving Day

Walmart, Target, Kohl's, and many other stores have decided to close on the holiday this year.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn — Knoxville's West Town Mall will join other major retailers to close on Thanksgiving Day, according to a press release from its parent company.

"In these challenging times, we made the decision that we will not open on Thanksgiving Day, instead allowing our associates to spend the holiday with their loved ones," said David Simon, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Simon.

Simon properties will be open on Black Friday. 

Walmart, Target, Kohl's, and many other stores have decided to close on the holiday this year. That's a big change from previous years, as Black Friday shopping was pushed back earlier and earlier.