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Local businesses to hold sales on top of tax-free weekend

  • Grrr Gear is at 334 East Main St. in Orange. STAFF FILE PHOTO



Staff Writer
Thursday, August 09, 2018

It’s doubtful anyone will hear grumbling about “Taxachusetts” this weekend, when the state is set to have its first tax holiday since 2015.

This Saturday and Sunday, there will be no 6.25 percent sales tax on items under $2,500 and local businesses are excited for an anticipated surge in sales.

“It’s wonderful for businesses, and it’s wonderful for the local economy,” said Elizabeth Moore, co-owner of Andy’s and the Oak Shoppe furniture store on Deerfield Street in Greenfield.

There will be a 10 percent storewide sale at Andy’s and the Oak Shoppe which, combined with the lack of sales taxes, Moore hopes will bring in plenty of customers.

“It’s 10 percent off of everything,” she said. “We always see a great spike in customers (on tax holidays), not only from Massachusetts, but New Hampshire.

“We’ll see people who’ve been coming in and out all year,” she added. “That 6.25 percent makes a great difference. People will finally get things they’ve looked at and wanted, but haven’t bought.”

Traditionally, many of the city’s retailers, especially those selling items like clothing, jewelry, books and appliances, have looked toward the tax holiday to boost sales in the summer.

At Grrr Gear Inc. in Orange, there will be an additional 6.25 percent off normally taxable items, and a 12.5 percent sale on nontaxable items, according to Chris Noyes, owner of the outdoor sporting goods store.

Noyes said many of the customers who come this weekend will be local because more expensive items, like firearms, can’t be sold to people from other states. Still, she said, “It definitely does do a lot to help business” whenever the state has a tax-free weekend.

Paul Anderson, co-owner of Trail Head Outfitters and General Store on South Main Street in Orange, said the store will be having a summer clearance sale on fun-in-the-sun outdoor items and expects many customers will pop in.

“It’s our normal summer sale, but (the holiday) will be good,” Anderson said. “It’s always good for business.”

A spokesman for Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said the governor plans to formally authorize a sales tax holiday.

An economic development bill approved by lawmakers in the final moments of the formal legislative session last week includes a provision waiving the tax on most store items this Saturday and Sunday.

Baker expressed support for the bill but has yet to sign it. Spokesman Brendan Moss indicated Thursday that Baker does plan to sign the provision authorizing the sales tax holiday before Saturday.

The state revenue department has issued draft regulations for the tax-free weekend. Retailers have been planning for it on the assumption it will occur.

Reach David McLellan at dmclellan@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 268.