By Kelly Ross
This year the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN announced that it would be closed on Thanksgiving Day. In a move that could cost the nation’s largest shopping mall potential revenue, the Mall of America operators made it clear that they value people over profits… something that is far too uncommon these days.
"We think Thanksgiving is a day for families and for people we care about," Jill Renslow, the Mall of America’s Senior Vice President of Marketing said in a statement to the Associated Press. "We want to give this day back."
The mall - which boasts more than 520 stores, an indoor amusement park and movie theaters - is taking a stand against the recent pre-Black Friday trend of businesses remaining open on Thanksgiving. While the mall itself is closing on Thanksgiving Day for the first time in its 24 years of operation, its stores will have the option to remain open. Mall executives expect the 520 stores to follow suit and close their doors.
With the Thursday closure 1,200 mall employees will now have the opportunity to spend the holiday with their loved ones. An additional 13,000 workers employed by stores at the mall might also have the day off should their respective stores close as well. The Mall of America will re-open its doors at 5 a.m. Friday morning, allowing workers ample time to celebrate the holiday.
Here at Labor 411, we think that’s a pretty big deal, and we salute the Mall of America and all other businesses that have chosen to put their employees first and keep their doors closed Thanksgiving Day.
For a list of store closures on Thanksgiving Day, check out http://labor411.org/411-blog/1346-these-stores-are-giving-their-employees-a-break-by-staying-closed-on-thanksgiving-day