JCPenney among stores preparing for an influx of customers for tax-free weekend


As stores prepare for the influx of customers that tax-free weekend brings, JCPenny believes that supporting tax-free weekend is a great opportunity because of the working families who receive an additional discount this weekend.

“Couple of things that we do is we’ll have a sale on back-to-school items for both young kids, high school children as well as college students,” Tony Palmer, manager of the Wiregrass Commons Mall JCPenny, said. “We also offer additional discounts through the use of a JCPenny credit card, they’ll get an additional 20% off their savings this weekend as well.”

If you’re still deciding if you want to take part in tax-free weekend, Palmer talks about why it’s worth it.

“It’s that additional savings that they’re not going to get any other time,” Palmer said. “You know, they may find a coupon another time, and a sale event another time but this is an additional saving that we wouldn’t be able to offer.”

With a big surge for retailers expected, tax free-weekend serves as a lead-in to similar holidays, such as Black Friday.

“We definitely gear up like we would for the holidays,” Palmer said. “(We) bring in people to come in and help get the store prepared, as well as take care of the customers through the weekend.”

For those who missed tax-free shopping today, JCPenny along with several other stores will have their sales Saturday and Sunday as well.

In addition to the tax-free deals, JCPenney is offering salon and optical promotions just in time for the new school year.

Now through Sept. 15, salons are offering $10 haircuts for K-6 grade. Children 16 and under can get one complete pair of eyeglasses for $39.99 or two for $69.99, now through Sept. 29.

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