Shoppers on the hunt for discounts can begin descending on the Citadel Outlets mall in the City of Commerce on Thanksgiving night starting at 8 p.m. The traditional start to the holiday shopping season runs straight through Friday night until 11 p.m. in what is billed as a “Moonlight Madness” sale.
Employees at stores like Michael Kors, Old Navy, the Disney Store and more will be running on adrenaline to handle the boost in business, but they’ll also have a perk. In an effort to keep employees smiling instead of bleary-eyed, Citadel Outlets will set up a special employee lounge available from 12 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday. The adrenaline-driven workers can take a breather in any one of six massage chairs and get a 10-minute neck and back rubdown from certified masseuses. Snacks like popcorn and hot chocolate along with something more substantial like chili will be ready to eat and couches and bean bag chairs will let them sit and watch family-friendly movies playing on a 15-foot movie screen.
Critics during the past couple of holiday shopping seasons have lamented that store employees have to work Thanksgiving. The Citadel has about 2,000 employees. Workers on the holiday are paid higher than their normal hourly wage and sales beginning on Turkey Night have relieved pressure on staff and shoppers storming retail doors on the morning of Black Friday.
Shoppers hit the mall for discounts on brand names, but another feature that will make it a bit easier to navigate the crowds is a new nine-story parking lot with enough space for 1,000 cars. It’s accessible from the north side of the outlet mall on Hoefner Avenue.
During the 27-hour sale the discount highlights include the Kate Spade store with sixty percent off select items and 20 percent off the entire store; Tommy Hilfiger with fifty percent off the entire store and Puma with fifty percent off the entire store.
The owner and operator of the Citadel Outlet mall, Steve Craig, was interviewed for the ebook So Cal Entrepreneurs: Steve Craig available on Amazon and said the mall provides a large number of high paying jobs that allow residents to live in the City of Commerce instead of moving away to find a living in a city that’s affordable. Craig is president of Craig Realty and purchased the Citadel in July 2003 for $53 million from the City of Commerce Redevelopment Agency. In the most recent fiscal year, Craig Realty projected $500 million in gross revenue for the Commerce location.
In October 2015, Craig Realty announced on its website the purchase of the Outlets of Barstow and just this month had the grand opening of its new property in San Clemente, billed as “the first and only ocean-facing outdoor outlet shopping.”