ATLANTA -- Atlantic Station is urging its stores to close on Thanksgiving.

In a memo sent this week to its 48 retailers, Barbara Garret, the general manager of Atlantic Station, encouraged stores to " prioritize time spent with friends and family."

“Closing on Thanksgiving will not only boost employee morale, but also allow our retailers to refocus efforts on Black Friday, a more lucrative shopping day for our retail mix,” Garrett said. "Our guests prefer to spend time with family on Thanksgiving, and we’d like to extend that option to our retailers’ employees.”

So far, 41 of Atlantic Station's stores plan to remain closed on Turkey Day.

“Feedback from retailers has been positive,” said Garrett. “We are thrilled to see so many close for Thanksgiving, and we hope their employees will enjoy the day with family and friends.”

Those who plan to close are: 2 Chez, American Apparel, Ann Taylor, Athleta, Athlete’s Foot, Atlantic Grill, AT&T, Banana Republic, Bath & Body Works, Boneheads, California Pizza Kitchen, Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro, Dermalogica, Dillard’s, DSW, Eye Gallery, Fab’rik, Francesca’s, GAP, Great American Cookie, H&M, Icing, Jos. A. Banks, Journey’s, Kate’s, Kinnucan’s, Land of a Thousand Hills, Loft, Lush Nail Bar, Meehan’s Public House, Moe’s, Pandora, The Pig and The Pearl, Publix, Subway, Tin Drum Asia Cafe, Tony’s Barber Shop, West Elm, Yard House, Yogli Mogli and Z Gallerie.

Some retailers will offer special holiday hours, including Old Navy, BGR, It’s Sugar, Lobby Bar and Bistro and Regal Cinemas 18.

Skate Atlantic Station, the destination’s seasonal ice skating rink, will also open for special holiday hours.

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In recent years, many retailers have experienced a backlash for opening their doors on the holiday. The nation's largest shopping mall, the Mall of America, has already announced it would be closed. Many other stores are also expected to close. REI took it a step further last year by closing its 143 stores on both Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

Macy's, on the hand, has already announced it would be opening an hour earlier this year on Thanksgiving than it did last year.

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