By Andy Johns
Merchants across South Tennessee are stocking up, staffing up and taking prices down to capitalize on back-to-school shoppers on the tax-free weekend.
“It’s one of probably the top three or four weekends for us,” said Tom Degges, store team leader for the Target store in Cleveland, Tenn.
Today through Sunday, the state will forgo sales tax on certain school supplies, clothing and computer-related items.
Mr. Deges said his store would have extra employees on the sales floor, clearly posted lists detailing which items are exempt and sales on some exempt and nonexempt items.
It’s a similar scene at the Staples store in Athens, Tenn., where a banner hangs above the entrance letting shoppers know about the tax holiday.
Bradley Square Mall in Cleveland will host a back-to-school fashion show from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to show parents and students what trends they can buy into free of taxes.
Mall marketing manager Stacia Crye-Shahan said paper, pens and school uniforms have been big sellers during the previous two August sales tax holidays.
Ms. Crye-Shahan said the weekend is the mall’s third-busiest weekend, surpassed only by the day after Thanksgiving and the weekend before Christmas.
“Tax-free weekend always brings them out,” she said.
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