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Many SETX retailers opt to take Thanksgiving off

November 21, 2018

Some of the region’s largest retailers and shopping centers will be closed on Thanksgiving, despite forecasts that Americans will spend billions that day buying holiday gifts.

Parkdale Mall, Central Mall, Home Depot, Lowe’s and Sam’s Club are among businesses keeping their doors closed until early Black Friday morning, even as shopping hours at other locations kick off as early as 2 p.m. on Thursday.

But data show the shopping season has already begun. Adobe Analytics reports that consumers already spent $18.1 billion between Nov. 1 and Nov. 12 making online purchases. Thanksgiving is expected to bring in $3.3 billion, and Black Friday should generate another $5.9 billion in sales.

About 164 million people will shop between Thanksgiving Day and Cyber Monday, the National Retail Federation reports.

Southeast Texas’ only malls will be closed on Thanksgiving, as will Academy Sports + Outdoors, Bed Bath & Beyond and Burlington. Stores with exterior mall entrances will have the option to open.

Beaumont’s Parkdale Mall, which is owned and managed by CBL Properties, will be closed for a second year, according to president and CEO Stephen Lebovitz.

In an Oct. 11 statement, Lebovitz said the company received “overwhelmingly positive” support from choosing to close last year on Thanksgiving, a holiday that has — to the chagrin of many traditionalists — turned into a shopping day to rival Black Friday.

Parkdale retailer JCPenney will open its outward-facing doors at 2 p.m.

The retailer is joined by Target and Kohl’s, which open at 5 p.m., and Walmart, which opens at 6 p.m.

Marketing director Nicole Bowen said in September that Parkdale Mall was gearing up to hire about 1,500 seasonal workers to fill spots in stores, kiosks and the food court for the upcoming holiday shopping season. That number is the same as last year, she said.

Representatives of CBL Properties did not respond to requests for additional comment on Tuesday.

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