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Stores Fight Back Without Tax-Free Weekend

It's a busy shopping weekend as schools prepare to get back in session, but some local store owners are worried sales won't have the impact they did in past years. North Carolina does not have a Tax Free Weekend this year. In its place, local businesses are hoping to lure people through their doors and away from state borders by offering deals all over town.

"Tax free weekend was huge for us," says Dean Peterson, General Manager at Tops for Shoes. "It was great for business, we loved it. We hate to see it go, but what we have done is try to adjust it."

Peterson says they've started some annual sales early and will run them longer in hopes of keeping some shoppers from straying.

"It seems like the summer stuff is on sale, fall merchandise is coming out, which is really nice. It seems like there are some good deals," says Tiffany Deyton, who was shopping around the city Friday.

Bigger stores are offering bigger sales, tailored exclusively to North Carolina. Managers at Belk in Asheville say they could get more foot traffic than even on Tax Free weekends.

"We actually made this a lot more stronger and better for our customers this weekend than it was last year with the Tax Free," says Hugh Halpert, Store Manager.

While it's not the tax break shoppers have known for more than a decade, it just may be enough to keep those dollars from crossing state lines.
"I would rather just stay local and shop here, versus the hassle of driving all the way to South Carolina," says Deyton.

Tax Free Weekend began at midnight on Thursday and runs through Sunday in states bordering North Carolina; South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Virginia.

By: Hope Hanselman
Follow Hope on Twitter @HopeNews13


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