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It's becoming increasingly inconvenient to work in retail during the holiday season. Gawker recently published a memo from Simon Property Group, owner or part owner of hundreds of malls across the country, to its tenants that offers a "friendly reminder" of "the holiday schedule." That schedule involves opening by at 8pm (at the latest) on Thursday, November 28, and staying open through Friday, November 29 at 10pm. The management signs off with, "We thank you and wish you a successful Holiday season."
The full list of malls, broken down by state, can be found here and it includes outlets and massive malls like Woodbury Common in New York, King of Prussia near Philadelphia, Potomac Mill in Northern Virginia, Miami's Aventura Mall and San Diego's Fashion Valley.
An "insider" clarified for Consumerist what exactly is required of those thousands of stores and food vendors on Thanksgiving:
It's technically mandatory that all stores open at 8pm. However, if they just can't staff it or their corporate office doesn't feel it's in the store's best interest to open at that time, they can opt out. They have to provide a letter from either their corporate office or a higher-ranking person, such as a regional manager, saying they authorize the store opening at a different time. If they don't provide this letter and they are not open at 8pm, they're fined.Should you want to throw yourself in the Thanksgiving-Black-Friday lion's den, it's best to call your local mall first. Some employees might actually be with their families.
· Mall Memo: Black Friday Starts at 8 PM on Thanksgiving, Runs 26 Hours [Gawker]
· Hundreds Of Simon Malls Will Open On Thanksgiving Day, Stay Open 26+ Hours Straight [The Consumerist]