Something about the game always just felt extraordinarily contrived, similar to when parents or teachers suggested that we kids play a riveting round of “Graveyard” or “The Quiet Game”—a ruse, of course, for them to attain a fleeting moment of serenity.
Store owners at Rockaway Townsquare mall in Rockaway, N.J., are likely to understand my playtime apprehensions. The shopping center—which is owned by Simon Malls—recently issued a memorandum to retailers stating that it’s joining in the growing trend of department stores opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day to accommodate deal-seekers. The mall’s management wants to extend its hours of operation to begin at 8:00 p.m. Thursday evening and last through 10:00 p.m. on Black Friday.
A whopping 26-straight hours of consumerism—I don’t even think Abercrombie stocks enough cologne and fragrance to keep its employees spritzing that long.
You can read the full memo in the photo below: