CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD)- Black Friday started early this year and the door buster deals lured some away from the dinner table. Stores like Walmart and Belk opened their doors on Thursday to give shoppers a head start on their Black Friday shopping.
Many people we spoke to think stores should remain closed on the holiday in order to give employees the opportunity to spend the day with their loved ones.
Northwoods Mall was closed on Thanksgiving Day.The mall is owned by CBL & Associates Properties Inc. The company closed all 72 of its department stores for the holiday. Movie theaters and stores with exterior entrances had the option to remain open.
“We want to bring back the excitement of Black Friday shopping as the true start of the holiday shopping season and allow our employees, retailers, and shoppers to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with their families,” said Stephen Lebovitz, President and CEO, CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. “After evaluating feedback from our mall employees and retail partners as well as input from our shoppers, we determined that this was the best decision for our properties.”
Towne Centre in Mt. Pleasant was also closed for Thanksgiving Day but Tanger Outlets in North Charleston opened at 6 p.m.
Many big name stores have started to push back against the recent Gray Thursday trend. Nordstrom, Marshalls, Costco, and Publix are just some of the stores that were closed on Thanksgiving Day.