Cobb stores prepare for tax-free blitz
by Lindsay Field
August 07, 2013 12:20 AM | 2194 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — Some of Cobb’s largest shopping centers and malls are gearing up for a busy tax-free weekend.

The 2013 Sales Tax Holiday, which will be in effect statewide Friday and Saturday, allows customers to avoid paying taxes on a number of school-related items such as clothes, computers and classroom supplies.

Cobb has a 6 percent sales tax. Four percent of that goes to the state, 1 percent to the county government’s special purpose local option sales tax, and 1 percent to a school SPLOST. All 6 percent will be waived during the holiday.

Clothing, including shoes, with a sales price of $100 or less per item are exempt from being taxed. Items not included iare jewelry, handbags, umbrellas, eyewear, watches and watchbands.

Computer-related supplies are exempt from taxes if they cost $1,000 or less. This doesn’t include cellular devices, furniture and computer-related accessories designed for recreational use, batteries, copy machines or digital cameras.

For school supplies, items that can be used in the classroom or for classroom-related activities with a price tag of $20 or less also are included in the sales tax exemption. Items OK for purchase without tax include calculators, index cards or pencil boxes.

Items that aren’t exempt include books, briefcases or janitorial supplies.

Kennesaw’s Town Center at Cobb will have extended hours and a back-to-school event for shoppers looking to take advantage of the holiday.

“It’s definitely been really busy the last two weeks because the schools are all staggered for when they start, but we’re gearing up to what is usually one of our busiest weekends of the year, right up there with our holiday time shopping,” said Shelly Weidner, the mall’s director of marketing and business development.

She couldn’t say how many shoppers or the amount of sales revenue they had last year on this same weekend or the numbers they anticipate this weekend.

But Weidner did say that each store has been preparing for the tax-free weekend for quite a while and with tenants already having great back-to-school sales, this weekend could make for a “really enticing” one for shoppers.

On Friday and Saturday, the mall, which is off Barrett Parkway between Interstates 75 and 575 and has around 200 stores and restaurants, will be open between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.

They will also host the mall’s first-ever “Back At It” shopping event in collaboration with Teen Vogue’s second annual event from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Guests will be able to check out the latest fashion trends for the back-to-school season with a fashion show, there will be a live musical performance from up-and-coming pop star Katie Bell Akin and DJ Steve will also be on site to entertain shoppers.

The mall will also have mall-wide discount offers available to customers at the event.

For more information, visit simon.com/mall/town-center-at-cobb.

Cumberland Mall

Cumberland Mall, which has around 125 stores and restaurants off Cobb Parkway at Interstate 285, will keep the same hours but is hosting a “Back-to-School Fashion Rules” event on Friday, 5 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, 3 to 6 p.m., in the center court across from Starbucks.

Shoppers can get one-on-one pointers from stylists and check out various models sporting the latest trends. They will also be giving away freebies to participants and more information about discounts.

The mall’s marketing coordinator, Arielle Logan, said mall hours will remain the same – Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Like Weidner, she couldn’t say the anticipated number of shoppers they will have this weekend but said the mall should be pretty much like it is every weekend leading up to the start of a new school year.

For more information about the sales event or a list of stores, visit cumberlandmall.com.

Cobb’s two Avenue locations

There are approximately 120 stores between The Avenue East Cobb and The Avenue West Cobb and, according to the retail centers’ marketing manager, stores are offering some huge incentives to shoppers this weekend.

“Store hours are varied depending on the store but some are opening as early as 8 a.m.,” said spokesperson Regina Neri.

She said to keep an eye out for any big sales that stores are having, which won’t be advertised for some until Thursday.

“The restaurants are even offering some special incentives to eat there while you are shopping,” Neri said.

The Avenue will also have “A-List” perks for shoppers who sign up on its website at shoptheavenue.com.

“In the past, we’ve had gift-with-purchase opportunities or special promotions that are exclusive to our A-Listers,” she said.

A list of stores at each location can be found online as well.

The Avenue East Cobb is at 4475 Roswell Road and The Avenue West Cobb is at 3625 Dallas Highway, both Marietta addresses.

Keep an eye on traffic\

The Georgia Department of Transportation has also announced that it will be restricting all construction-related lane closures from 8 a.m. on Friday to 10 p.m. Saturday to ease public access to major retail venues during the state’s sales tax-free holiday.

Cobb County Government spokesman Robert Quigley said DOT has adaptive traffic control systems, which also allows them to handle any heavy traffic flows.

“The traffic lights have a controller with video that can determine how busy an intersection is and adjust automatically based on volumes,” he said.

For a full list of tax-free items, visit etax.dor.ga.gov.

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Town Center at Cobb

400 Barrett Parkway, Kennesaw

Hours: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

What: “Back At It” event

Saturday, Aug. 10, 2-4 p.m.

Website: simon.com/ mall/town-center-at-cobb

Cumberland Mall

1000 Cumberland Mall, Atlanta

Hours: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

What: Back-to-School Fashion Rules

Time: Friday, 5-8 p.m. and Saturday 3-6 p.m.

Website: cumberland mall.com

The Avenue E. Cobb

4475 Roswell Road,

Marietta

The Avenue W. Cobb

3625 Dallas Highway

Hours: vary by store

Website: shopthe avenue.com

Tax-exempt items

Clothing, $100 or less/item:

Athletic clothing

Baby clothes

Caps and hats

Helmets

Uniforms

Sleepwear

Computer supplies, $1,000 or less/item:

Computers

Docking stations

Keyboards

Modems

Scanners

Zip drives

School supplies, $20 or less/item:

Book covers

Calculators

Children’s books

Dictionaries

Ink cartridges

Paper, pencils, pens, scissors

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