More Retailers Close Thanksgiving Day, But Continue to Soar Friday | Business


Soon the turkey will be on the table and buyers will be storming the bidding doors. But, with a few exceptions, consumers won’t feast AND buy while on vacation.

Thanksgiving and Black Friday are just coming, and the two-day retail festival that took hold a decade ago has been tapered off. The Observer-Rapporteur gleaned information on malls, malls, and big box stores within a 35-mile radius of Washington, and found that the majority will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and reopen early Friday, for the rush.

Tanger Outlets and Washington Crown Center will close for the holidays, along with Uniontown Mall, South Hills Village and The Mall at Robinson. The same will be true for Walmart supermarkets in the Township of South Strabane, Waynesburg and West Brownsville, which will all close at 11 p.m. Wednesday and reopen at 5 a.m. Friday.

There are two notable exceptions. Five restaurants and AMC cinemas will be open on Thanksgiving Day at the Galleria in Mount Lebanon. Hours vary among these companies. Black Friday opening hours will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

According to Ohio County Commissioner Randy Wharton, most, if not all, of the shops and restaurants at The Highlands resort in Triadelphia, western Virginia, will operate during the holidays.

“There are no restrictions there. It will definitely be a local merchant’s choice to be open on Thanksgiving Day, and national chains are free to do whatever they want,” he said. he declares. “Last year COVID had a big impact on how traders did. They are now working really hard to produce a good holiday season.”

Hours of operation vary by business.

It looks like the abandonment of Thanksgiving hours continues to gain momentum. It’s an important holiday, bringing families together and can alienate retail employees who have to work. And having to issue a vacation nest egg on a day when customer traffic is likely to be down may not be profitable for some operators.

Civil Knox, general manager of the Crown Center, said the North Franklin Township Mall had not been open on the holiday for about five years. “It’s a day to reunite with your family. We’re giving the family a little break,” she said.

The Crown Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Black Friday, which will mark the start of a three-day holiday market. Pet Photo Nights are scheduled for two consecutive Mondays, November 29 and December 6 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“We didn’t do too badly last year,” Knox said. “It wasn’t our best holiday season because people were still wary (of the pandemic). It’s going full speed this year.”

It will also be at full speed in Tangier after the holiday respite. Management has extended its hours of operation throughout the Christmas retail season and outlets will be very dynamic next weekend. The open-air mall will operate from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Black Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

“We ask shoppers to be patient with the stores as some may limit the number of shoppers (inside),” General Manager Nicole Baculik said in an email.

She added that there are events planned for children, including story time with guest readers.

Twelve miles north along Washington Road, South Hills Village opens at 6 a.m. on Black Friday and closes at 9 p.m.

Uniontown Mall was also closed last Thanksgiving. Black Friday will take place from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“We don’t go with long hours. People don’t shop long hours,” said general manager Lou Ann Hunchuck.

She said holiday hours will vary in central South Union Township because “we now have a lot of local store owners (who set their hours for Black Friday).”

“We’ve kind of reinvented the mall over the past year or so,” said Hunchuck, who was promoted to general manager over the summer. “We have a Nerf gallery, a tattoo parlor and a few shops. One is slated to open in January.”

Father Christmas will arrive there on December 2, about three weeks before his triumphant return.

The canvassing effort in the operating room was meticulous. Time constraints, however, prevented the newspaper from verifying a local claim.

The Cracker Barrel at Trinity Point Mall said it was “the only restaurant open on Thanksgiving Day in the area.”

We’ll take the South Strabane store at their word.


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