Franklin's CoolSprings Galleria announced that they have joined a long list of retailers to close their doors on Thanksgiving Day.
CBL & Associates Properties, Inc., owner of CoolSprings Galleria, made the announcement Wednesday that "their portfolio of market dominant regional shopping centers will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and open at 6:00 am on Black Friday."
“We want to bring back the excitement of Black Friday shopping as the true start of the holiday shopping season and allow our employees, retailers, and shoppers to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with their families,” said Stephen Lebovitz, President and CEO, CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. “After evaluating feedback from our mall employees, retail partners, and input from our shoppers we determined that this was the best decision for our properties.”
Department stores, movie theaters, and stores with exterior mall entrances will have the option to open on Thursday.
However, access to mall common areas will be restricted until 6:00 a.m. on Friday. For specific store hours, visit the CoolSprings Galleria website.
The mall was not alone in their decision to close for the holiday. Hhgregg, Dillards, and Lowes were among some of the other major retailers that won't be open until Black Friday.