Shoppers Hit The Stores In Kentucky Despite Tax Free Day In Tennessee

By: Jeff Gould Email
By: Jeff Gould Email

With school right around the corner, many parents are hitting the stores to stock up on school clothes and supplies and since Saturday was a tax free day in Tennessee, one would expect many Kentucky shoppers to head south of the state line. One Eastern Kentucky city isn't being affected as you might think.

Saturday was tax free day in Tennessee. That means that anything up to $1,500 dollars is tax free! We spoke to some business owners in Middlesboro, on the Tennessee-Kentucky line expecting to hear that business is down due to customers shopping in Tennessee. Instead, we found out that people are crossing the state line but in the opposite direction.

Joe Day is the owner and barber at the Village Barber Shop in Middlesboro. He said it hasn't been quiet at all with lots of people coming in and out of his shop.

"Actually, we're kinda busy right now, busier than sometimes," Day said.

And downtown at the AD Campbell Clothes Shop, the owner said that she too has been very busy today. Perhaps business is booming because many people are crossing the Kentucky-Tennessee state line into Kentucky and who can blame them? At this gas station in Tennessee, a gallon of regular gas is $2.67. Cross into Kentucky, just a few miles down the road, and a gallon of the same brand of gas is $2.62. It's not just gas. Since groceries in Kentucky are always tax free, families are also saving money buying those here too.

"You're looking at almost $20 a week, knocking off the taxes off the food," said Joseph Miracle.

Day said he and his wife may do some shopping over in Tennessee later, but it obviously hasn't hurt business in Middlesboro.

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