“Tears of joy”: Mall of America to close on Thanksgiving

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (WBAY) – America’s largest shopping mall is giving its employees a break on Thanksgiving, bucking a recent trend of retailers wooing shoppers with early Black Friday sales.

The Mall of America says it will be closed on Thanksgiving.

“We’re pleased to give this day back to our 15,000 employees and their families,” mall staff posted on Facebook.

“We literally had tears of joy from our retailers,” Senior VP Jill Renslow told WCCO.

Renslow says there will be security staff on hand just in case some stores would like to open on Thanksgiving.

However, the mall is anticipating most stores will stay closed.

“Everybody wants to spend Thanksgiving with their families, so we’re thrilled to able to do that this year with the Mall of America’s support,” business owner Tamra Kramer told WCCO.

There has been backlash against stores opening on Thanksgiving for early Black Friday sales. Workers and shoppers alike have voiced disappointment in stores making people work on one of America’s most treasured family holidays.

Here in Northeast Wisconsin, there have been no mall schedule announcements for this year’s Thanksgiving and Black Friday. In 2015, Bay Park Square Mall was open from 6 p.m. – 1 a.m. on Thanksgiving. The Fox River Mall opened at 6 p.m., but didn’t require its stores to open.