Officials with the Connecticut Post Mall announced that the mall will be closed on Thanksgiving, but will reopen on Black Friday.
Steven Levin, CEO of Centennial Real Estate, who is the parent company of Connecticut Post Mall, said "Thanksgiving is for sharing. Black Friday is for shopping.”
“Not only does this allow for families to be together on Thanksgiving, but it brings back the excitement that has historically surrounded the busiest shopping day of the year. This decision is an example of our commitment to the communities we serve, and to offer shopping experiences centered on what uniquely matters to them," Levin said in a statement on Thursday.
The Connecticut Post Mall joins the Mall of America, which will also be closed on Thanksgiving.
Officials with the Connecticut Post Mall said they were hoping to "tantalize shoppers with special Black Friday deals on the hottest, high-demand products of the season." A $2,500 holiday shopping spree will be given to one shopper.
"For our part, we will make sure to provide the most magical holiday shopping experience at our mall, so that you can bring some magic back home! This year, Black Friday will be a color-filled spectacle of great deals and limitless options that will make the holiday shopping season sparkle with excitement," Danielle Consiglio, who is marketing manager for Connecticut Post Mall, said in a statement on Thursday.
The Connecticut Post Mall will open at 5 a.m. on Black Friday.
“Family and tradition matter to our customers, and we want to support those values by encouraging our shoppers, employees and communities to celebrate a traditional holiday," Levin said.
The anchor stores at the Connecticut Post Mall include Macy's, Target, JCPenney, Sears, Dick's Sporting Goods and Cinemark Theaters Connecticut Post 14 Cinema + IMAX. The Connecticut Post Mall features more than 150 retailers and restaurants.
Officials with the Connecticut Post Mall said they will "accommodate and support departments stores, theater, fitness center and restaurants if they wish to open on Thanksgiving."
“All holidays are special and each one should be cherished. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we encourage you to spend as much time as possible with your family and close friends," Consiglio said.
Shoppers such as Julia Rodriguez reacted to the news.
"So we are breaking tradition to bring back tradition, " Rodriguez said.
Sheena Douglas works in retail.
"I think get good to spend time with our families we are going to be open at 6 in the morning, so it's not like we are going to miss a lot," Douglas said.
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