Stores gear up for day after Thanksgiving; La Palmera holiday programs helping local non-profits

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (Nov. 17, 2015) – La Palmera stores are preparing for the traditional start of the holiday shopping season as residents prepare to give — with gifts for family and friends and by helping those in need.

Although Macy’s and JCPenney will open late Thanksgiving Day, La Palmera officially will be closed. JCPenney will open at 2 p.m. and Macy’s at 5 p.m.; shoppers may access the stores through the outer doors of each as the mall entrances will not be open. On Friday, Nov. 24, the mall doors will open at 6 a.m. It’s anticipated that a number of stores will open early that day, with all stores open by the regular time of 10 a.m. A full schedule of store openings will soon be available at lapalmera.com.

Meanwhile, many of La Palmera’s annual holiday events have already begun.

“We donate and help raise tens of thousands of dollars each year for local charities, but the holidays are always the busiest since giving is on everyone’s mind,” said Fred Walters, vice president and general manager of La Palmera. “This holiday season we’ll again be hosting several of our popular fundraising programs designed to help a variety of local organizations as well as continuing our donation efforts for victims of Hurricane Harvey.”

La Palmera’s Forest of Giving, a collection of uniquely decorated trees representing 10 local organizations, is located near Concierge where shoppers may cast votes for their favorite tree through Dec. 16. The tree receiving the most votes will win $1,000 for the represented organization, including: Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas, For the Love of Strays, American Red Cross, The Deaf & Hard of Hearing Center, Triumph Over Kid Cancer, decorated by King High School Student Council, Burn Pits 360 Veterans Organization, Corpus Christi Professional Fire Fighter Relief & Outreach, The Montessori School of Corpus Christi, Mission Pawsible Animal Assistance and GenCure with Be The Match.

The popular “Pet Night with Santa,” presented by Apollo Towing, will also return for six nights beginning in November. Guests may bring their favorite dog or cat Monday and Tuesday evenings, November 20–21, 27–28 and Dec. 4–5 from 5-8 p.m. A portion of the photo proceeds from these six events will benefit a different local animal organization each evening: Gulf Coast Humane Society (11/20), Paws Up (11/21) Mission Pawsible (11/27), Kanines and Kitties (11/28), For the Love of Strays (12/4), and The Cattery Cat Shelter (12/5). Only dogs and cats are permitted and all animals must remain on a leash or in a carrier at all times.

Guests can take advantage of La Palmera’s charity gift-wrapping service every Friday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. beginning Dec. 1 and the entire week before Christmas. The gift–wrapping station located on the Main Level near Concierge where volunteers from local charities will provide their wrapping services for donations: The Deaf & Hard of Hearing Center (12/1–3), CASA of the Coastal Bend (12/8–10), Bikes for Kids (12/15–17), Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas (12/18–21).Dress for Success–Corpus Christi (12/22–24).

The Salvation Army bell ringers are also stationed in their traditional locations at select mall entrances.

La Palmera is encouraging guests to remember all those in need this holiday season, including fellow Texans still affected by Hurricane Harvey. The mall is continuing to collect donations through United Way of the Coastal Bend as part of a company-wide effort by La Palmera’s developer and management group, Trademark Property Co. Donations are being matched by La Palmera owner, Miller Capital Advisory Inc., up to $50,000 while Trademark is matching up to $150,000 in company-wide donations, all benefitting relief efforts in Texas. Donations can be made by texting HARVEYHELP13 to 30306, or online at https://app.mobilecause.com/vfu/HARVEYHELP/team/LaPalmera.

For more information on La Palmera and holiday events, go to lapalmera.com or call (361) 991-3755.

About La Palmera

Located in Corpus Christi, Texas, La Palmera is a 1-million square foot super-regional mall with more than 100 retail and restaurant tenants including Dillard’s, JCPenney, Macy’s, P.F. Chang’s and H&M. Acquired in July 2008 by IMI and Trademark Property, La Palmera is the first mall to be awarded LEED® Silver for Core and Shell 2.0 established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The mall features a 600-seat food court with a 4,500-gallon feature aquarium and a children’s ocean-themed play area. For more information on La Palmera, go to www.lapalmera.com, or call (361) 991-3755.