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Local businesses ready for traffic

Local retailers are gearing up for this weekend’s sales tax holiday.

This is the state’s 13th annual tax-free holiday for school-related items, and the second year the weekend takes place in July.

From 12:01 a.m., Fri., July 20, until midnight, Sun., July 22, the state waives its 4 percent sales tax on school-related supplies and clothing.

Brewton, East Brewton and Flomaton have also agreed to waive their city sales tax and Escambia County voted to waive the county’s tax.

Exempt items include:

• Clothes priced at $100 or less per article of clothing;

• School supplies valued at $50 or less per item;

• Books that cost $30 or less per book; and

• Tablets, laptops, computers, and printers with a selling price of $750 or less.

Cato will be open regular hours for the tax-free holiday, but store officials say that they are excited to help the parents out and are looking for an overflow on Friday and Saturday.

New arrivals are expected this week and the store also has 30-day layaway.

Factory Connection said they will also be open regular hours.

Store officials say they have lots in stock and jeans are even Buy 1, Get 1.

Goody’s plans to open normal hours and has a good selection as well, store officials said.

Weaver’s plans to be open on Friday and Saturday and has a wide selection of apparel from which to choose.