Mall of America, Target among retailers not open to shoppers on Thanksgiving
Interior view of the Mall of America, one of the largest indoor malls in the USA. Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

Retailers are re-thinking opening their doors to Black Friday shoppers early.

Among the major retailers that will not be opening Thursday evening will be Minneapolis-based Target, the chain announced last week.

“What started as a temporary measure driven by the pandemic is now our new standard — one that recognizes our ability to deliver on our guests’ holiday wishes both within and well beyond store hours,” Target’s CEO wrote in a note to employees obtained by the Associated Press.

The Mall of America will also remain closed on Thursday, opening instead at 7 AM Friday morning.

Experts are predicting record-breaking holiday sales starting this week. The National Retail Federation predicts 2021 could see holiday sales growth between 8.5% and 10.5%.

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