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Black Friday 2017

November 20, 2017

Thanksgiving 2017 is approaching fast.  With Thanksgiving and all the delicious food, comes Black Friday shopping and the crazy shoppers that come with it.

In the past, many stores open as early as Thanksgiving morning, to give shoppers an early start to their Black Friday shopping.  This year, however, is different from many stores.  This year many name-brand and local stores are closing their doors in respect of the holiday.

One main thing to know if you are planning on sneaking out early, this Thanksgiving is that the Mall of America will be closed Thanksgiving day.  This is the second year that the entire mall will stay closed on Thanksgiving day.  The nation’s largest mall will also be paying its direct employees holiday pay if they work on Black Friday. The tradition of keeping stores closed on Thanksgiving day has been spreading across the country, with more and more stores closing each year.  REI, the outdoor supply company, will not only be closed Thanksgiving Day but will also be closed on Black Friday, in respects to its employees.  The store will also be paying its employees for the day, encouraging them to #OptOutside, a campaign started by REI encouraging people to spend Black Friday outside and not in stores.

We’re building on this tradition for Mall of America employees by declaring Black Friday the seventh holiday of the year.”

— Jill Renslow, Mall of America's Senior Vice President of Marketing

Many local stores in the St.Cloud area will also be closed Thanksgiving Day.  The Home Depot, Burlington Coat Factory, Office Depot, Office Max, Party City, Petco, Pet Smart, Sams Club, and TJMaxx, will all be closed this Thanksgiving Day.  A few more stores such as Barnes & Noble and Menards are also expected to be closed on the holiday, according to past trends.  A few local stores that will remain open on Thanksgiving are Target, Sears, Walmart, Macy’s, JCPenny, Best Buy, and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

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