Hamilton Place Mall won’t be open Thanksgiving Day. (Photo: Catharine Wells)

CBL Properties, which owns and operates Hamilton Place and Northgate malls, announced Wednesday that the shopping centers will be closed Thanksgiving Day.

CBL Properties CEO Stephen Lebovitz said this year’s decision is the result of positive feedback from last year’s decision to not open until early on Black Friday.

“It is based on this feedback from our retail partners, employees of CBL and retailers at our properties, as well as the customers in our markets, that we made the decision to again close our centers on Thanksgiving Day,” he said in a prepared statement.


Department stores, movie theaters, restaurants and retailers with exterior mall entrances will have the option to open their stores Thursday, according to a news release from CBL. 

But access to mall common areas will be restricted until 6 a.m. Nov. 24.

Last year, some retailers locally and nationwide reversed a decision to be open on the holiday to refocus on Black Friday, which has traditionally been the biggest shopping day of the year.

When Sears stayed open on Thanksgiving in 2010, other retailers followed suit, CNBC reported.

But the rise of e-commerce has challenged brick-and-mortar stores in recent years.

Business Insider reported that 3 million fewer people shopped in stores on Thanksgiving weekend 2016 compared to 2015.

The publication also reported that analysts predict that the idea of Black Friday will eventually diminish.

In 2015, outdoors and sports gear retailer REI announced it wouldn’t be open for Black Friday and, instead, encouraged people to enjoy time outdoors. That move prompted Chattanooga businessman Jim Johnson to follow a similar lead.

Check out what some people said on Twitter about the decision.