Dothan Draws Many Shoppers in Sales Tax Holiday

By: Erica Proffer Email
By: Erica Proffer Email

Some people are calling it one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year.

Alabama's sales tax holiday began last Friday and will be ending at midnight tonight.

Some local shoppers described the traffic as a madhouse, but it's not just back to school shoppers that are cashing in on the tax free weekend. In fact, many places that don't even carry back to school supplies are being impacted.

The city of Dothan saw an increase in its traffic over the weekend. That's because many shoppers took advantage of the tax breaks on certain back-to-school items.

"We're shopping for shoes, and I just got a new backpack," said Amber and Julie Tatum.

"We got clothes, shoes, backpacks, crayons and earrings," said Crystal and Christen White.

But it's not always the back to school kids and parents that are using the weekend to save money.

"The clothes for my kids, they aren't quite in school yet, but we figure why not. It's one of those things," said Jeremy Thornton.

"We're out here shopping. With the tax break it's less money we spend, so were out here trying to get it," said Julius Harper.

But the tax free weekend is doing more than changing numbers on a receipt; it's also impacting traffic and restaurant sales.

"Traffic is horrible. You can't get anywhere. It's slow and takes too long," said Thornton.

"Oh yeah, oh yeah. I'm trying to catch the sales too," added Zerica Garrott.

"There's been an increase in the crowds. We're up from previous weeks. I hope today will be busier," said TGI Friday's manager Donna Cline.

The total figures regarding the sales tax holiday will take at least a month to configure.

Alabama isn't the only state to have the sales tax holiday. Georgia's tax free weekend will also end tonight. Florida's tax free holiday last a little longer. It runs through August 13.


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