Stores May Face A Fine If They Don’t Open on Thanksgiving
Many stores have faced a backlash for saying they will be opening on Thanksgiving Day to accommodate those Black Friday shoppers. Now, one group that owns quite a few malls, including Crossgates and Crossgates Commons, says it may fine stores that do not open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
Fining a store for not complying with mall hours is not unusual. You may remember the backlash Crossgates received last year when stores closed early during a major snowstorm to allow their workers to go home, yet then faced substantial fines for doing so. I worked that day at Crossgates. We did not close early and a normal 15 minute commute home turned into about an hour.
Many stores in malls are small companies and end up being forced to open because they can’t afford a fine.
So far there have only been reports from stores at the Walden Galleria near Buffalo, also owned by Pryamid, that if they don’t open they will face fines. Pyramid Management has yet to confirm this.
I will be staying on top of this story and bring you the latest information as I find it out!