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8/14/08

Local Store Prepare For Tax Free Weekend Rush

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Some stores say it's the busiest weekend of the year.  Tax Free Weekend kicks off Friday or at midnight for some stores. 

Starting Friday when you are rolling your cart down store aisles get ready for back to school savings. 

"We kind of look at this like our warm up game for fourth quarter, just to kind of make sure that we are on process to handle the business that we get during November and December, so this is our practice game," said Target Store Team Leader Deedee Floresca.    

But when you are out this weekend, be prepared for the crowds. 

"Have a list, know what you want to get, expect that it is going to be a little busier, but just have fun with it," said Floresca. 

The South Plains Mall is ready for the rush. 

"Tax Free Weekend is usually the busiest weekend of the year, Christmas season of course is the best weekend for us, but this coming weekend is really the best coming weekend for our stores, said Beth Bridges with the South Plains Mall.     

Here's how it works, no tax on clothing and shoes that are priced less than $100.    

This year especially managers say cutting the tax, helps with the rising cost of living. 

"Every nickel and penny that people can save these days with the gas prices and the way the economy is will really bring people out this weekend," said Manager of Cardinal's Sport Center Bradley Whitworth.    

"This year more than ever, with the high gas prices, groceries, the cost of living really creeping up and kind of taking everybody by surprise, I think it's very important to save even the little bit you can save from tax.  With eight cents on every dollar, that adds up if you have one or ten.  That savings really adds up," said Bridges. 

Clothes, shoes, hats, backpacks, and diapers are just some of the items that will be tax free. 

And for some stores, tax is not the only savings you will receive. 

"Things like tennis shoes will all be tax free and one sale that we are running is all of our men's and women's shoes will be at least ten dollars off and all of our youth shoes will be at least five dollars off, that way if they are over $100, with the ten dollars off they will be under $100 and then they will be tax free," said Whitworth.    

And store managers say everybody will be working. 

"This is a huge weekend, we need everybody here we possibly can.  So if you work here, you don't have off this weekend," said Whitworth. 

Target will be running normal business hours this weekend, but the mall will be opening an hour earlier on Friday and Saturday at 9 a.m., and closing an hour later on Sunday. 

A complete list of tax free items can be found on the Texas Comptroller's Website by

(clicking here). 

 

 

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