But this year, in some of America’s largest malls and outlets, the Thanksgiving discount shopping frenzy won’t take place.
“In these difficult times, we have decided not to open on Thanksgiving, instead allowing our associates to spend the holidays with their loved ones,” David Simon, the company’s CEO, said in a statement.
“With everything going on, there may not be Black Friday at all,”
Simon’s decision may also reflect the fact that, even before the pandemic, consumers were increasingly choosing to buy Thanksgiving and Black Friday deals online, rather than joining the mad rush to the stores. Last year, Thanksgiving online sales hit a record $ 4.2 billion.