Staten Island Advance, November 14, 2021 —The Staten Island Mall in New Springville will be closed for a second consecutive year on Thanksgiving Day, but the shopping center will reopen on Black Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., according to the Mall’s website.

“According to industry reports, the average amount that shoppers are willing to spend this year is $1,000, which, on average, is pretty close to the $1,047 that shoppers planned to spend in 2019. So that’s an excellent place to be,” noted Amanda Powers, director of communications and marketing for the Retail Council of New York State. “Everyone is dealing with holiday shopping issues in their own way, but there is an overall feeling of optimism this season, mostly because consumers have this willingness to spend.”

Powers also added that consumers are more educated and better prepared than they were in 2020.

“Last year this was all brand new and the public scrambled to get things done in time,” she added. “This year people have managed their holiday shopping better. It’s pretty hard to find someone not aware of supply chain issues. Consumers are simply shopping earlier and looking at alternate sources because of it.”

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