With AC and no taxes, Edgewater merchants seeing brisk business

Edgewater Mall has extended its hours today and Saturday to help shoppers take full advantage of tax-free shopping days, and mall manager Terry Powell says sales have been brisk.

“We opened at 9 this morning and we’ll be open until 10 this evening, and we’re doing the same thing on Saturday,” Powell said this afternoon. “It’s been very good, and I anticipate people buying things above and beyond the tax-free stuff. It’s been absolutely huge for the merchants of Edgewater Mall.”

The tax-free shopping, part of a state initiative, began at 12:01 a.m. and continues through midnight Saturday.

During the 48-hour period, shoppers, particularly those looking for “back to school” specials, can enjoy 7 percent in savings because of the waiving of sales taxes on specific items, such as clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item. School supplies and computers are not included. In fact, to see a guide to the sales tax holiday, including a list of eligible and non-eligible items, click here.

Edgewater Mall offers more than 100 stores, covering a million-square feet of climate-controlled space. To read more about the mall and to see the list of its stores, which now includes a 9,000-square-foot Express men’s and women’s clothing outlet, click here.

News and notes

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