Holiday shoppers hoping to start decking the halls on Thanksgiving Day won't be able to do so at the malls in Chattanooga.
CBL & Associates Properties, Inc., announced Wednesday that their regional shopping centers will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and open at 6:00 am on Black Friday, November 25th.
"We feel like we're going to put the fun back into Black Friday, but more importantly we get to focus on Thanksgiving actually being Thanksgiving," said Kim Carson, a spokesperson for Hamilton Place Mall.
The two largest shopping malls in the Tennessee Valley announced Wednesday they'll keep their doors closed on Thanksgiving, which has typically been a big day financially for stores.
The National Retail Federation estimates nearly 35 million Americans shopped last Thanksgiving.
"It's a very crucial time we need the customers to be shopping, we need that time. But it's also very frustrating, a little exhausting for the employees that work,” said Fairris.
Both malls said that after evaluating feedback from employees, retailers, and input from shoppers they determined they would close.
It’s an announcement store managers like Fairris were shocked to hear.
"Oh my gosh, I had to re-read it a couple of times! I thought is this really gonna happen this year? Is this the year? Because every year it's gotten earlier and earlier and earlier,” Fairris exclaimed.
This comes after a list of major retailers announced similar plans. Now, the two malls in Chattanooga will follow suit.
"To see so many employees and this parking lot full years and years, it's wonderful to know that everyone will have the opportunity to stay home,” Fairris added.
Department stores, movie theaters, and retailers with exterior mall entrances will have the option to open their stores on Thursday. However, access to mall common areas will be restricted until 6:00 am on Friday.
Shoppers should check with individual stores for their Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday hours.
Shoppers will still get those door buster deals, now just a few hours later.
CBL & Associates Properties in the Tennessee Valley to be closed are:
Athens - Eastside Shopping Center
Cleveland - Bradley Commons, Food City Plaza South
Chattanooga - Gunbarrel Pointe, Hamilton Corner, Hamilton Crossing, Hamilton Place, Soddy-Daisy Plaza, The Shoppes at Hamilton Place, The Terrace