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Lubbock stores packed for tax free weekend

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Lubbock stores are packed and shoppers are on the prowl during tax free weekend – one of the busiest weekends for stores statewide.

It's estimated that Texans will save around 62 million dollars alone on state and local taxes starting from Friday to Sunday.

"People save quite a bit on tax free weekend because not only do we run a lot of sales, but also the tax break on top of that drives the business," said Jamie Chunmbley, Target team leader. "During tax free weekend we might see about three times as much as you normally do on a regular weekend."

While stores like Target had extra staff on hand to handle the crowds, the South Plains Mall is expecting 150,000 people to walk through their doors over the three day holiday.

"It's just been hectic. Everybody is here, it's so hard to get into the stores and the lines are out the door its crazy," said Trevor Eulenbach while shopping at the mall. "We could have waited for hours, but we just left though."

While Lubbock shoppers hit the stores here in the Hub City, so did visitors from out of town – giving a boost to the Lubbock economy. "We came from Midland, and got here about 9 a.m. We've been shopping for about four hours," said Steve Rodriguez, while at the mall. "You don't have to pay taxes so you can spend like $100, and you save $8."

While it may be a hectic weekend, it's a win-win for shoppers and businesses alike. "Oh it's extremely busy. It's been great we've had a really good season," said Chunmbley.

The South Plains Mall will have extended hours on Sunday opening at 11 a.m. and closing at 7 p.m.

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