Nearly every Stine store is allowing customers to buy any item tax free over the Labor Day weekend, today through Monday. (American Press)
Last Modified: Monday, September 03, 2012 9:19 PM
Nearly every Stine store is allowing customers to buy any item tax free over the Labor Day weekend, today through Monday.
Travis Hoffpauir, assistant manager of the Lake Charles store, said the stores usually offer a tax-free weekend twice a year. He said they are expecting a boost in overall sales this weekend.
“We still pay the sales tax,” he said. “Basically, we offer 9 percent off everything in the store. It’s a win-win for the consumer.”
During the spring, Hoffpauir said customers usually buy lawn mowers and other lawn maintenance equipment. But this weekend, the purchases are “pretty much wide open,” he said.
“Hurricane (Isaac) is in their mind,” Hoffpauir said. “People are calling and asking about home generators, not the portable ones.”
Recently, Hoffpauir said customers have been looking at hunting supplies like feeders and deer stands, among other items.
“We’ve noticed a lot of people coming in who are just looking around,” he said.
Hoffpauir said the tax-free weekend applies to purchases made using cash, check, credit cards and Stine cards.
The Stine store in Alexandria is the only one not offering the tax-free weekend because it is closed on Saturday and Sunday, Hoffpauir said. “They are a contractor yard mainly,” he said.
Hours for the Lake Charles and Sulphur stores this weekend are 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and Monday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Hoffpauir said the stores will open an hour early so customers can make their purchases quickly.