BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The owner of Kirkwood Mall in Bismarck plans to close the facility on Thanksgiving to enable workers to spend time with their families on the holiday and also to "bring back the excitement of Black Friday shopping."

The move by CBL & Associates Properties Inc. mirrors other retailers around the country including the Mall of America in Minnesota that are taking a stand against the growing trend of Thanksgiving shopping.

CBL & Associates also owns Dakota Square Mall in Minot, which will shut down on the holiday.

The day after Thanksgiving is generally known as Black Friday, the kickoff to the holiday shopping season and the busiest shopping day of the year.