Tulsa shoppers get 8% break

Sunday, August 4th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Some Tulsa businesses gave shoppers an incentive to stay in town to find their back-to-school bargains Saturday.

Tax-free weekends in Texas have been were luring Oklahoma shoppers south for several years.

So some local businesses decided to fight back. As The News On Six's Ashli Sims found out they cut prices by 8% Saturday to encourage local shoppers to do their back to school buying north of the Red River.

Tulsa's Promenade Mall was packed with shoppers most of the day. Mall merchants call it "shopping that won't tax you."

Somer store owners took advantage of the crowd by dropping prices as much at 40% to increase sales.

Not only were clothing stores not taxing back-to-school shoppers but mall-munchies are also tax free.

Zahidah Hyman, owner of Camille's at Promenade Mall said, "we are a new cafe and a lot of people dont know that we are in the mall so its a good thing for us."

Tulsa wasn't the only city in Oklahoma giving shoppers a break. Bartlesville and Dewey also had their two days of no sales tax day. Malls in Oklahoma City, Elk City and Norman are also participating