ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Mid Rivers Mall, South County Center, St. Clair Square and West County Center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, the properties’ owner announced Wednesday.

CBL & Associates Properties Inc., one of the largest owners and developers of malls and shopping centers in the U.S., says their “market dominant regional shopping centers” will be closed for the holiday, and open at 6 a.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 25.

“We want to bring back the excitement of Black Friday shopping as the true start of the holiday shopping season and allow our employees, retailers, and shoppers to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with their families,” said President and CEO Stephen Lebovitz, in a news release. “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.”

Department stores, movie theaters and other retailers with exterior mall entrances will have the option to open their stores Thursday, but, access to mall common areas will be restricted until early Friday morning.

The company is using the hashtag #MakeThanksgivingYours to share and promote the news.

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