Oct 31, 2016 06:00 AM EDT

Some Retailers Closed On Black Friday, Tips To Plan Your Shopping In Advance

Retailers closed on Black Friday with offer disappointment to eager shoppers. The nation's largest mall, The Mall of America, will be shutting down its operations on Thanksgiving Day. With several malls planning to close operations, it's important that Black Friday shopping should be planned in advance. 

Click 2 Houston reports that Mall operator CBL & Associates Properties will be closing 72 malls on Thanksgiving. This is to allow "employees, retailers and shoppers to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with their families," said CEO Stephen Lebovitz.

He adds that this was the best decision for their properties. The decision comes after a careful evaluation of feedbacks coming from their mall employees and retail partners, as well as from shoppers.

Other stores that will be closed on Thanksgiving are Office Depot and RadioShack. Both stores were open last year but will opt to be closed this year. These stores will additionally add up to the list of retailers closed on Black Friday.

Brian Rich, the creator of the Boycott Black Thursday Facebook Page, said that Walmart, Best Buy, and Target won't be closing on Thanksgiving any time soon. But he said the movement is clearly having an impact.

Rich has been waging his protest for retailers operating on Thanksgiving for five years. He said some stores are finally listening and it is evident with the stores that already announced they will be closed.

With a several of stores and retailers opting to close its operations during Thanksgiving, it's important to map out a strategy in advance for Black Friday shopping. One of the first thing a shopper must do is to figure out a budget, according to The Citizen's Voice.

How much is a shopper willing to spend and is the Black Friday deals really the best deals out there? It's important that shoppers check out the store's Black Friday ad to see if what they offer is what they are looking for.

The next thing to consider is to know which items the shopper is looking to purchase. With several stores closed and a lot of shoppers wanting to get in on the bargains, chances are a shopper won't be able to purchase all the item he or she wants.

Start the shopping trip by going to the stores that open early, or those that begin their online sales first. This is the best chance to get all the items on a shopper's list.

Another option is to divide and conquer. A shopper checks out one store while a shopping buddy looks at the other to save time.

Though there are retailers closed on Black Friday, a lot of retailers will still be open. But it's important to remember that Thanksgiving is still supposed to be family first, even if the deals that retailers and stores offer are hard to pass up on. 

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