Here’s How Local Retail Centers Hope to Draw in Back-to-School Shoppers

by Jen Wilson
BizJournals.com

Charlotte, NC – In what could be seen as a bid to keep Charlotte-area parents from hopping the state line in search of deals on back-to-school supplies, two of the region’s largest retail centers are holding a “Better Than Tax Free” sale. The name of the event is a nod to North Carolina’s tax-free weekend of years past, when items such as clothing, computers and school supplies were exempt from state sales tax. That event was discontinued after 2013, when N.C. lawmakers said it cost the state about $13 million in revenue. But our neighboring state didn’t follow the example, and last year found some N.C. families heading south of the border to find savings on supplies as well as cheaper S.C. gas. South Carolina will nix its sales tax this year for the weekend of Aug. 7-9 on certain products needed for students headed back to class.

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