STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The Staten Island Mall in New Springville will be closed on Thanksgiving, as many retailers want to keep crowds to a minimum amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, the shopping center will be open on Black Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., according to the Mall’s website.
James Easley, senior Mall manager, said the decision to remain closed on Thanksgiving was made by the retail center’s parent company, Brookfield Properties.
“The decision to close on Thanksgiving was a corporate call. There may be some retailers who decide to have curbside pick up outside of our posted hours,” he said, noting he doesn’t yet know which stores may choose this option.
LINES MAY FORM OUTSIDE
You may wait online just to get inside the Mall on Black Friday, as the shopping center has “people counters,” according to Easley. If the Mall reaches 50% capacity, you’ll have to wait for other shoppers to leave before you can enter.
A DIFFERENT BLACK FRIDAY
Although malls will be open, retail experts say this year’s Black Friday experience won’t be the same as it has been in the past.
“This year’s holiday shopping season will be unlike any other in recent memory,” said Melissa O’Connor, executive vice president and director of government relations for the Retail Council of New York State.
“The safety of customers is the top priority, and certain holiday shopping traditions may not be a realistic option during a global pandemic. Social distancing is necessary and, therefore, you won’t see photos of large crowds in stores on BlackFriday,” she added.
And there likely won’t be as many door-busters for in-store purchases, retail experts have said.
“In-store shoppers won’t have the same holiday traditions they’re used to, like in-store Black Friday events, or at least not the mad rush of Black Fridays past,” said Kristin McGrath, editor and shopping expert at BlackFriday.com. “With retailers announcing they’ll be closed Thanksgiving, it’s highly unlikely they’ll offer door-busters on Black Friday. Even if you’re shopping online, you can expect shipping delays and earlier holiday shipping cut-offs than in previous years.”
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