BLOOMINGTON, MN - FEBRUARY 23: Signage hangs at Mall of America during a media tour of its security systems on February 23, 2015 in Bloomington, Minnesota. The mall said in a October 2016 news release that it will not be open during the Thanksgiving holiday. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

Mall of America says it's closed this Thanksgiving

The largest shopping center in the country will not be open during Thanksgiving, according to a Wednesday news release.

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"In years past we’ve all rallied together to answer the call for 24/7 shopper access that the Thanksgiving/Black Friday weekend brings," Mall of America Executive Vice President Rich Hoge and Senior Vice President of Marketing Jill Renslow said in a message to mall employees. "However, it also meant that team members may not have been able to share the day with family and friends. That is why this year we have made the decision to close on Thanksgiving Day so that team members can put that energy where it matters most, into making memories with the people they care about most."

In the last few years, the mall stayed open into Thanksgiving night as shoppers took advantage of deals and sales, but the Star Tribune reported that it will instead officially open at 5 a.m. the day after.

Mall officials added that some restaurants, stores and attractions may choose to be open during the holiday.

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