Mall seemingly requires all stores to open Thanksgiving night

Tenants at Rockaway Townsquare in New Jersey might be left playing the ultimate game of ‘Simon Says’ in response to management’s memo about its new holiday hours.

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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:

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