Columbia Center owner Simon nixes Thanksgiving hours

Columbia Center won’t open on Thanksgiving.

Simon Property Group, the Kennewick mall’s Indianapolis-based owner, announced Sept. 14 it won’t open properties for pre-Black Friday sales. 

“In these challenging times, we made the decision that we will not open on Thanksgiving Day, instead allowing our associates to spend the holiday with their loved ones,” said David Simon, chairman, chief executive officer and president in a press release announcing the move.

Simon properties will open on Black Friday, the traditional kickoff for the holiday shopping season.

Columbia Center reopened July 7, 3 1/2 months after it closed following Gov. Jay Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order to slow the spread of coronavirus.

It is operating at limited capacity as Benton and Franklin counties remain in a modified version of Phase 1 of Washington’s Safe Start program because of continuing high infection rates in the Mid-Columbia. 


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