The largest mall in the United States will not open for Black Friday 2016 sales on Thanksgiving Day.
The trend of keeping stores closed on Thanksgiving Day just got a big push. Mall of America, the largest mall in the United States, keeps closed on Thanksgiving Day. 15,000 employees and their families can enjoy a quite Thanksgiving Day. The Black Friday 2016 sale in the Mall of America kicks off on the actual Black Friday, November 25.
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Mall of America (MOA) is owned by the Triple Five Group and is located in Bloomington, Minnesota. The gigantic mall opened in 1992 and houses over 520 stores.
Mall of America joins Staples, GameStop and others that have already kept their stores closed on Thanksgiving Day last year and will do so again this year. Black Friday is going back to its roots in stores. The online Black Friday sales will be available on Thanksgiving Day from most stores. Thanksgiving Day becomes the Cyber Black Friday, starting to rival Cyber Monday in terms of online sales.
Last year stores opened as early as 6am for Black Friday sales events on Thanksgiving Day. The most common opening hour was 6pm though. Kmart and Meijer have been the early birds at 6am Thanksgiving Day morning. ToysRUs and Best Buy opened at 5pm. Walmart, Target, Kohl's Macy's and Sears opened at 6pm.
Outdoors retailer REI launched a big marketing campaign last year skipping Thanksgiving and Black Friday. As retailers who have closed on Thanksgiving Day last year are doing it again this year means that they did not lose sales. This could set an example for more stores to keep closed on Thanksgiving Day and make it family holiday again for everyone.
Black Friday 2016 is very slowly taking shape this year. The first Black Friday 2016 ad has not yet leaked. The first flyer surfaced last year already on October 2. Canadians can already enjoy Black Friday 2016 this weekend. Today the Sears Black Friday 2016 sale kicks off in Canada ahead of the Canadian Thanksgiving Day on Monday, October 10.
For Black Friday worthy deals turn to Amazon this weekend. The online retailer hosts a Columbus Day 2016 sale with steep discounts on Amazon Devices including Kindle. The Amazon Columbus Day sale is underway now.