Acadiana Mall to remain closed for Thanksgiving Day
LAFAYETTE – Shoppers in Lafayette may have to wait until it is officially Black Friday to shop at the Acadiana Mall this year.
CBL and Associates, who owns 89 regional malls including the Acadiana Mall, announced that they will close the doors to almost all of their properties until 6 a.m. on Black Friday.
According to a CNBC report, department stores, movie theaters, restaurants and other stores that have exterior entrances will be allowed to open early though. Stores like Macy’s and JC Penney have not announced whether they will be open for Thanksgiving Day. (Both stores were open last year.)
It’s estimated that the move will allow 1,500 mall employees and between 750 to 2,000 retail workers to celebrate Thanksgiving instead of working.
“We think that for our employees and for the store employees, they deserve the day off and to be able to spend it with their families,” CBL CEO Stephen Lebovitz told CNBC. “Thanksgiving is a special holiday, and it’s unfair for them to not be able to enjoy it like everyone else can.”
Last week, the Mall of America, the largest mall in the United States, announced that it would also close for Thanksgiving Day.
CBL malls opened at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day last year for Black Friday shoppers.