Black Friday is almost here – and if you haven't laid out your shopping plan yet, here's a look at some shopping centers in Minnesota and when they'll be open for both Thanksgiving and the annual shopping frenzy the next day. (Note: individual stores may have varying hours.)
Albertville Outletswill be open from 6 p.m. to midnight Thursday, and reopen again at 6 a.m. Friday.
Mall of America is pulling an all-nighter as well. It'll open at 6 p.m. Thursday and remain open through 10 p.m. Friday. Certain stores may close at 1 a.m. to restock, Sarah Schmidt, the mall's public relation's director told BringMeTheNews, but the majority will remain open through the night. Click here for a complete schedule. (For details on events going on at the mall through the holiday season, click here.)
Maplewood Mallwill open on Thanksgiving from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., and then reopen at 6 a.m. Friday.
Medford Outlet Centerwill open on Thanksgiving from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., and then reopen Friday at 6 a.m., however some stores may be open longer.
Miller Hill Mall in Duluthwill be open on Thanksgiving 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., and then reopen at 6 a.m. Friday.
Ridgedale Center in Minnetonkawill be open from 6 p.m. to midnight on Thanksgiving, and open up again at 6 a.m. Friday. However, Macy's and J.C. Penny – two of the mall's anchor stores that have separate entrances – will stay open all night, even though the mall is closed, the Star Tribune says. Click here for hours of individual stores.
Southdale Center in Edina will be open on Thanksgiving 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., and then reopen at 6 a.m. Friday.
Twin Cities Premium Outlets in Eagan will be open from 6 p.m. to midnight Thursday, and reopen again at 6 a.m. Friday.
West Acres Mall in Fargo will be open on Thursday for a "Black Friday preview sale." Select stores will open at 6 p.m. All stores at the mall will be open by 7 a.m. Friday. Click here for deals and more information on what stores will be open when.
There are some changes compared to recent pre-Black Friday shopping this year.
After REI and other retailers announced they won't be opening for customers on Thanksgiving, some malls have changed their tune and won't stay open all night long.
The Star Tribune reports several Twin Cities-area shopping malls are putting the kibosh on all-nighters, and will close late Thursday, before reopening bright and early on Friday.
The reason? Most of the business was happening before midnight on Thanksgiving, so it didn't really make sense to stay open all night long, the paper notes.
Although many malls are deciding to close overnight ahead of Black Friday, many big-box stores will stay open, the Star Tribune says. That includes Target, Kohl's, Wal-Mart, Macy's and J.C. Penney, among others.
However, some boutique stores in the Twin Cities are changing the way they do Black Friday, MSP Mag reports. Some are donating a portion of sales to charity, while others are ending their early morning discounts altogether – encouraging customers to sleep in.
As for what else is closed on Thanksgiving: City, state and federal government offices as well as the stock market are closed, while some grocery stores and other shops will be open.