GREENSBURG, Pa. (KDKA/AP) – One of western Pennsylvania’s largest indoor shopping malls is closing on Thanksgiving Day.

The Westmoreland Mall says on its website that it is closing so shoppers and employees can spend time “with family and friends and come fresh and excited to spend Black Friday with us.”

The mall in Hempfield Township, about 30 miles east of Pittsburgh along U.S. Route 30, is home to anchors like J.C. Penney, Bon Ton, and Macy’s, and scores of smaller shops.

The letter on the website from CBL & Associates Properties, which owns the mall, says “Over the last few years, we’ve watched as the magic of Black Friday has been diminished by an earlier start to the holiday shopping season … Well, not this year.”

In addition to the Westmoreland Mall, Monroeville Mall is also closing up for the holiday.

Some shoppers are thrilled with the decision.

“It’s time our corporations do shut down on Thanksgiving because it’s time to be with family and friends,” said Bill Brehm.

“Thanksgiving is all about coming together as a family. It’s good for the families to get together and not worry about the Black Friday sales because you can do all that online anyway,” said Carlson Christian.

However, some said they might miss the convenience.

“I think it’s kind of stupid of them for doing that since they’re losing all of those customers that want to come shop, so they’re kind of having a loss for themselves,” said Katelyn Hrubetz.

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