Mall of America will close on Thanksgiving Day

Over the past few years, many stores have allowed Black Friday festivities to creep into Thanksgiving Day, but one truly giant retail entity has declared 'no more.'

According to the Associated Press, Minnesota's Mall of America will be closed on Thanksgiving, allowing the bulk of its 1,200 workers to spend the holiday however they would like.

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The Star Tribune reports that individual retailers will be given the option to conduct business despite the mall's attractions, including the movie theaters and Nickelodeon Universe, not operating, but it is anticipated most will opt to stay closed.

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SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 27: Ben Steele and Rachel Ligtenberg of Specialty Outdoor Retailer REI announce Black Friday closure at 143 stores nationwide with unveiling at Seattle flagship store as part of #OptOutside initiative on October 27, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Suzi Pratt/Getty Images for REI)
SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 27: Specialty Outdoor Retailer REI announces Black Friday closure at 143 stores nationwide with unveiling at Seattle flagship store as part of #OptOutside initiative on October 27, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Suzi Pratt/Getty Images for REI)
SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 27: Specialty Outdoor Retailer REI announces Black Friday closure at 143 stores nationwide with unveiling at Seattle flagship store as part of #OptOutside initiative on October 27, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Suzi Pratt/Getty Images for REI)
SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 27: REI Seattle flagship store employees gather after news that all 143 stores will close on Black Friday and the specialty outdoor retailer will pay all 12,000 employees to take day as part of #OptOutside initiative on October 27, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Suzi Pratt/Getty Images for REI)
SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 27: Employees of Specialty Outdoor Retailer REI pose outside of the flagship store following the announcement of Black Friday closure at 143 stores nationwide as part of #OptOutside initiative on October 27, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Suzi Pratt/Getty Images for REI)
SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 27: REI Seattle flagship store employees gather after news that all 143 stores will close on Black Friday and the specialty outdoor retailer will pay all 12,000 employees to take day as part of #OptOutside initiative on October 27, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Suzi Pratt/Getty Images for REI)
SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 27: Ben Steele of Specialty Outdoor Retailer REI announces Black Friday closure at 143 stores nationwide with unveiling at Seattle flagship store as part of #OptOutside initiative on October 27, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Suzi Pratt/Getty Images for REI)
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Mall of America's senior vice president, Jill Renslow, said the plan has a number of benefits.

Among them are giving Thanksgiving back to employees and their families and bringing, "...that special magic back to BlackFriday."

The shopping center will officially reopen at 5 am on Black Friday.

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