Simon to open malls on Thanksgiving

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INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group has come under fire for choosing to open its malls on Thanksgiving Day this year.

Several online petitions are popping up on Change.org asking the company to change its policy to allow store employees to enjoy the holiday with their families. Some shoppers in Indianapolis agreed.

“I think it’s a little bit ridiculous to kind of rush the season,” said Chance Hoover of Indianapolis. “I’ve had to work on holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas before and it’s really unfortunate, because you wanna be at home with your family but you’re stuck you know watching the clock go by and thinking about the festivities you could be a part of.”

Simon spokesman Les Morris said the mall will not force stores to open, but he imagined many would want to take advantage of the holiday traffic. He added the property group only decided to open on Thanksgiving because that’s the feedback it got from shoppers.

Not everyone believes that.

“I think that we are far too much of a commercial society,” said Alice March. “We need to stop shopping on Thanksgiving and we need to stay at home with our families.”

“You get enough money through the year anyway so why open on the holiday?” wondered Indianapolis resident Brendia Willoughby while her husband laughed that he would take advantage of the extra shopping day.

In Central Indiana, there are five Simon malls that will open on Thanksgiving: Castleton Square Mall, College Mall in Bloomington, Greenwood Park Mall, the Muncie Mall, and the Edinburgh Premium Outlets will open at 8 pm Thursday night.

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