More stores to close on Thanksgiving

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - It seems like just a few years ago, people were heading to stores earlier and earlier on Thanksgiving to get a head start on Black Friday deals, but it looks like that trend may just be reversing.

Chapel Hills Mall in Colorado Springs just announced it will be closed again on Thanksgiving.

The company that owns it, CBL Properties, is also closing 61 other malls on Turkey Day.

The company is one of many deciding to let its employees stay home on the holiday.

BestBlackFriday.com compiles a yearly list of stores closing in Thanksgiving. This year, it added more than a dozen stores to the already long list. The website expects more than 75 major retails to close for the Thursday holiday.

The list includes Costco, Cabela’s H&M, Home Depot, TJ Maxx and Sam’s Club.

TheBlackFriday.com reports that at least a dozen major stores will be open on Thanksgiving, including Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Kohl’s and Macy’s. Many deals will also be available online.

Retailers who are closing for the holiday say it’s because they want employees to enjoy time with loved ones. BestBlackFriday.com also says that it may just be exactly what shoppers want. The website did a survey and found that nearly 60 percent of people polled dislike the idea of stores being open on Thanksgiving Day.

Many will still be heading out Thanksgiving evening to get a jump on deals in stores that open at midnight or early on Black Friday.

For the entire season, the National Retail Federation expects holiday sales to increase this year between about 4 percent for a total of at least $678.75 billion.