Some area shopping centers choosing to close for Thanksgiving - KCTV5

Some area shopping centers choosing to close for Thanksgiving

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The Legends Outlets shopping center in Kansas City, Kansas. (KCTV) The Legends Outlets shopping center in Kansas City, Kansas. (KCTV)
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The start of Christmas shopping is the most wonderful time of the year for most businesses and, lately, it's been starting further and further away from Christmas. In recent years, the routine was to have your Thanksgiving dinner and then hit the stores to get a jump on all the sales being offered.

It may have been good for the bottom line, but there was a cost: Employees were missing time with their families because someone had to man the stores. Now, many of those businesses are saying "no more" and closing their doors of Thanksgiving in lieu of reopening on Black Friday.

Even though the idea to close for Thanksgiving sounds good and Legends could have made the blanket decision to do so, General Manager Jennifer Wojcik went to each of the tenants first.

“This is always a big decision,” Wojcik said. "We've been thinking about it for a while, and we wanted to make sure that we spoke with the tenants. It was important for me to have them on board. If everyone had said, ‘Absolutely not. This is what we want to do; this is the best thing for us, for our company,’ then we would have gone ahead with that.”

An occasional store here or there may be open, but more than 90 percent of the stores will be closed. For those who've worked in retail on Thanksgiving, this decision is great. 

"Good for them," said Marcia Cunningham from Belton. "Everybody needs to be home with their families on the holidays, so good for them."

"I would definitely agree," said Kloey Hartzell from Topeka. "I think holidays are a time for people to be at home with their families. If you can't close for one holiday and keep your business open, then that's an issue."

Gary Conner, who worked in retail and through the holiday back in college, said it's nice to see companies not chasing the almighty dollar on the holiday. 

"I think it says a lot for the employers, the employees," said Conner, who is from Kingsport, Tennessee. "I think it says a lot that they're able to offer their employees the time home with their families."

Favorite shopping spots outside of Legends have a plan for the Thanksgiving holiday, too. The Town Center Plaza will be closed, but a few stores may choose to open. Ward Parkway Center, Zona Rosa, and Oak Park Mall will be closed. The Independence Center will be open from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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