Forget Black Friday, Denver malls will open on Thanksgiving

Colorado Black Friday creep watch: These are the malls that have already declared whether they’ll be open on Thanksgiving Day.

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Outside view of the Cherry Creek Shopping Center (Courtesy photo)
Outside view of the Cherry Creek Shopping Center. (Courtesy photo)

The squirrels haven’t even finished devouring our Jack-O’-Lanterns yet, but it’s already time to start mapping out Black Friday deals in Denver.

And for many of the stores in the metro area, those deals start Thanksgiving night — because after all, the best way to spend a holiday about gratitude for what we have is clearly going out and buying more stuff.

The Flatiron Crossing mall plans to open its doors from 6 p.m. to midnight Thanksgiving and 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Black Friday. At least some stores in the mall located between Denver and Boulder, like Nordstrom, will likely remain closed Thursday evening.

Closer to Denver, The Shops at Northfield Stapelton is expected to open from 7 p.m. to midnight Thursday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. The usual suspects like Target, Walmart and Best Buy are also expected to start welcoming those full of Turkey and hungry for deals on Thanksgiving.

Others like Belmar in Lakewood, the Cherry Creek Shopping Center and Denver Pavilions plan to keep their doors closed on Thanksgiving and stop the so-called Black Friday creep.

“It’s one of those things where we’ve never been open on that day and we just address it each year,” said David Dixon, spokesman of the Cherry Creek mall.

“The feedback we get from our stores and customers is they just don’t have the demand for us to be open that day.”

But unlike Seattle-based REI and other retailers who are taking a hard stance on not opening on Thanksgiving — and in some cases even Black Friday — the management of the Denver Pavilions is leaving it up to stores to decide and Macy’s will be open in Cherry Creek.

“We’re closed on Thanksgiving, but the merchants have the option if their corporate location wants them to be open to do so. I know that Maggiano’s and the movie theater are open for sure,” said Wendy Manning, marketing director of the Denver Pavilions.

The shopping center on the 16th Street Mall plans to be open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Belmar has the same hours the day after Thanksgiving and Cherry Creek will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Adrian D. Garcia covers business and trends for Denverite. He's covered business for The Fort Collins Coloradoan and serves as treasurer for the Colorado chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.