CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The Mall of America announced it will be closed on Thanksgiving Day in an effort to give 15,000 employees their holiday back.
The move has been praised by tenants and employees at the mall, as well as customers.
The Minnesota mall has been open on Thanksgiving in recent years, however, the move to close on Thanksgiving this year has been well-received by some shoppers in the Lehigh Valley.
"They're making a really big statement with that and I think it's great," said Hannah Moyer of Quakertown. She said her friends would often have to work instead of being with their friends and family.
Enid Rank of Center Valley used to work in retail and commended the Mall of America's decision.
"I would certainly hope there is a shift back to having a little respect for people's personal and family time on the holidays," said Rank.
The Mall of America will allow its tenants to decide if they want to open for Turkey Day.
Elizabeth McGonigal who works in marketing for The Promenade Shops of the Saucon Valley, said the Promenade Shops will be closed on Thanksgiving, however it will be up to the individual merchants to open on the fourth Thursday of November.
In recent years, more businesses have opened on Thanksgiving ahead of its Black Friday door buster deals.
"They advertise their sales and it's all bait and switch," said Aaron Seruznick of New Tripoli. "What happens? You save 50 bucks. You're awake all night. Doesn't seem worth it."
"I think they're showing that maybe you can make up those profits but you can't make up the time and they're putting their employees first," said Moyer of Mall of America's decision.
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