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Anderson Mall to open Thanksgiving Day

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The Anderson Mall is planning to open Thanksgiving Day and has extended hours on Black Friday.

According to a news release, the mall is planning to open at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day and remain open until 1 a.m., then reopen at 6 a.m. Friday and stay open until 10 p.m.

“Our extended holiday hours and popular selection of retailers will meet shopper demand,” said Phil Alldredge, mall manager at Anderson Mall, in the release. “In addition, our variety of traditional events paired with other happenings will make Anderson Mall even more appealing for friends and family to shop, dine and spend time together.”

The Anderson Mall will join the Gaffney Premium Outlets facility on I-85 in Gaffney which will also be open on Thanksgiving Day. According to its website, the outlet mall will open at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day and close at 11:59 p.m. The mall will reopen from 12-2 a.m. and 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Black Friday.

Greenville’s Haywood Mall – which is owned by Simon Property Group, the same company that owns Gaffney Premium Outlets – has also elected to open at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.

“Our retailers are not required to open at this time, but the majority prefer to do so based on shopper interest,” according to a statement issued by Simon Property Group.

WestGate Mall in Spartanburg has elected to remain closed on Thanksgiving Day.

According to a news release, the mall – owned by CBL & Associates Properties Inc. – will be closed on Thanksgiving and reopen at 6 a.m. on Black Friday. Stephen Lebovitz, president and CEO of CBL, said the decision was based on wanting employees to be able to spend the holiday with their families.

“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,” Lebovitz said, in the release.

CBL said while the mall access will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, retailers inside the mall have the option to open on that day.

National chain opens store in Anderson

A national clothing store has opened a new store inside the Anderson Mall.

Rue21, a clothing retailer that specializes in young adult clothing, opened its newest Upstate location on Thursday.

The retailer, which is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., has more than 1,200 stores in 48 states, according to its website. Among its locations are Greenville, Spartanburg, Gaffney, Laurens, Seneca and Greenwood.

Reach Matthew Clark at 864-720-1222.

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