Shoppers tackle first day of tax-free shopping

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JACKSON, Tenn. — Hundreds of shoppers took advantage of the first day of the Sales Tax Holiday Friday. “We probably have about 80 associates working this weekend,” Myles Parker, general manager of JCPenney in Jackson said. Along with beefed-up staffing, many retailers are offering extended hours for shoppers to take advantage of sales. “We get a lot more customer traffic,” Parker said, comparing the three-day tax break to Black Friday shopping. State officials said the holiday, which comes the first full week of August, is designed to save money while spending. Qualifying items like school supplies, computers and wardrobe staples for students come with an automatic almost 10 percent savings. Jack Orr said he was shopping for a new jacket to wear later this season. “I got some new shoes here too,” he said. Many retailers are offering additional savings. JCPenney staff said they’re offering door-buster sales and additional discounts with buy one, get one free options and slashed prices. Even though not every shopper set out to tackle the tax break Friday, many shoppers said it’s still welcomed. Cindy Matlock said she takes advantage of the savings while shopping for her twin granddaughters. The tax-free weekend continues through 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

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