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Retailers call tax-free weekend a success

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Tennessee's tax-free weekend was deemed a success by some of Murfreesboro's largest retailers.

"It is one of our biggest three-day weekends until you get to the holidays," said Tim Fox, manager of the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Old Fort Parkway.

The state's tax-free holiday was Aug. 7-9 and applied to select clothing and school supplies.

Fox said the weekend was probably flat with last year's summer tax-free weekend, but the store was definitely busier than on a regular weekend.

"We did really good on back to school supplies, clothing and computers," he said.

Angie Carter, general manager of The Avenue, said retailers are reporting sales up from last year.

"It was definitely busier than a regular weekend," she said.

"Our weekends are traffic packed typically," Carter added, "but this (past weekend) you could definitely see a higher volume from Medical Center Parkway."

Traffic was evenly distributed throughout The Avenue from Belk to Best Buy, she sad.

During the peak part of the day, only a few parking spaces were available, Carter said.

"We have been very very pleased (with sales) this is just a cap on a nice summer we have had," she said.

Heather Rose, marketing manager for Stones River Mall, said sales numbers aren't in yet for the weekend, but if traffic is any indication "I'm predicting the stores did extremely well.

"There were lines at most stores before they even opened on Friday morning and that continued throughout the weekend."
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