A company that owns 62 malls in more than half the United States will close its facilities for the Thanksgiving Day holiday for the second year in a row, affecting shopping centers in St. Louis, Cincinnati and the Kansas City area.
Tennessee-based CBL Properties joins a growing list of companies bucking Black Friday's continual creep into the Thanksgiving holiday. Malls and shopping centers across 27 states will close on Nov. 23 before opening at 6 a.m. for Black Friday, the company said Wednesday.
When his malls first closed last year, CBL CEO Stephen Lebovitz told USA TODAY it came down to giving employees time for family. Positive feedback from retailers, customers and employees reinforced this year's decision, he said.
It may reflect a changing tide: Last year, Black Friday pulled shopper visits from Thanksgiving for the first time in years, according to data from Shoppertrak. That's partly because fewer stores stayed open for the holiday, the firm said. More than 50 major retailers have already announced plans to close this year.
“I think people jumped on the bandwagon for a few years there,” Lebovitz told USA TODAY last year. “Now I think they’re going to go back in the other direction and realize that’s not worth it.”
CBL's malls only opened for Thanksgiving in recent years, like many stores. But data from that time suggested opening on Thanksgiving "diliuted" Black Friday sales instead of bolstering them, Lebovitz said at the time.
Now his malls' closures will likely stick, as he recently told CNBC: "Nothing is set in stone forever, but it's a very high likelihood we will continue this unless the circumstances change."
CBL's closures only affect the interiors of its malls. Stores with exterior entrances, including anchor stores and movie theaters, can stay open if desired, the company said.
Kmart may have inspired stores to open on Thanksgiving, having done so for decades. Sears gave it a try in 2010, the Consumerist notes, opening the floodgates for competitors to join in.
Here's the full list of CBL shopping centers closing on Thanksgiving:
Acadiana Mall - Lafayette La.
Alamance Crossing - Burlington, N.C.*
Arbor Place - Douglasville GA
Asheville Mall - Asheville, N.C.
Brookfield Square - Brookfield, Wis.
Burnsville Center - Burnsville, Minn.
Cary Towne Center - Cary, N.C.
Chapel Hills Mall - Colorado Springs, Co.
CherryVale Mall - Rockford, Ill.
Coastal Grand - Myrtle Beach, S.C.
CoolSprings Galleria - Franklin, Tenn.
Cross Creek Mall - Fayetteville, N.C.
Dakota Square Mall - Minot, N.D.
East Towne Mall - Madison, Wis.
EastGate Mall - Cincinnati, Ohio
Eastland Mall - Bloomington Ill.
Fayette Mall - Lexington, Ky.
Friendly Center - Greensboro, N.C.*
Frontier Mall - Cheyenne, Wyo.
Greenbrier Mall - Chesapeake, Va.
Hamilton Place - Chattanooga, Tenn.
Hanes Mall - Winston-Salem, N.C.
Harford Mall - Bel Air, Md.
Hickory Point Mall - Forsyth, Ill.
Honey Creek Mall - Terre Haute, Ind.
Imperial Valley Mall - El Centro, Calif.
Janesville Mall - Janesville, Wis.
Jefferson Mall - Louisville, Ky.
Kirkwood Mall - Bismarck, N.D.
Laurel Park Place - Livonia, Mich.
Layton Hills Mall - Layton, Utah
Mall del Norte - Laredo, Texas
Mayfaire - Wilmington, N.C.*
Meridian Mall - Okemos, Mich
Mid Rivers Mall - St. Peters, Mo.
Monroeville Mall - Monroeville, Pa.
Northgate Mall - Chattanooga, Tenn.
Northpark Mall - Joplin, Mo.
Northwoods Mall - North Charleston, S.C.
Oak Park Mall - Overland Park, Kan.
Old Hickory Mall - Jackson, Tenn.
Park Plaza - Little Rock, Ark.
Parkdale Mall- Beaumont, Texas
Parkway Place - Huntsville, Ala.
Pearland Town Center - Pearland, Texas*
Post Oak Mall - College Station, Texas
Richland Mall - Waco, Texas
South County Center - St. Louis, Mo.
Southpark Mall - Colonial Heights, Va.
St. Clair Square - Fairview Heights, Ill.
Stroud Mall - Stroudsburg, Pa.
Sunrise Mall - Brownsville, Texas
Triangle Town Center - Raleigh, N.C.
Turtle Creek Mall - Hattiesburg, Miss.
Valley View Mall - Roanoke, Va.
Volusia Mall - Daytona Beach, Fla.
West County Center - St. Louis, Mo.
West Park Mall - Cape Giraradeau, Mo.
West Towne Mall - Madison, Wis.
WestGate Mall - Spartanburg, S.C.
Westmoreland Mall - Greensburg, Pa.
York Galleria - York, Pa.
*These are open-air shopping centers whose retailers may choose to open on Thanksgiving.