The first annual tax free day in
Kodiak took place on Saturday, and many local merchants and the Kodiak Chamber
of Commerce are calling it a success, with both proprietors and shoppers
KMXT's Erik Wander has more.
Jack Maker, co-owner of the Treasury and the Treasury Home
stores downtown, said he saw marked increase in business at both stores, partly
because of tax free day, in part because of the number of visitors in town for the
basketball tournament and also because the weather cooperated as well. He said
he did twice the business he did last year in the first week of March in a
-- (Maker 1 46 sec. "It was full most of the day ... business
owner, I'm pleased.")
perspective of his role as city councilman, Maker also said he considers this
year's tax free day a success for both businesses and shoppers. He said it was
an opportunity to thank residents for their contribution to the local economy
and award local businesses by providing increased traffic.
-- (Maker 2 24 sec. "I think the big thing was ... what
happens with it next year.")
Erik Berggren is
the manager of the gun department at Mack's Sport Shop. He said business
increased significantly on Saturday, specifically on big ticket and more
expensive items, which many people waited until Saturday to purchase.
-- (Berggren 1 40 sec. "We had in-store sales ... looking forward to it next
Economic Development specialist at the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce, said he's
received a number of calls from local merchants saying that tax free day was a
big success for them and that the day was a chance for people to reward
themselves in difficult economic times.
-- (Brown 1 45 sec. "Just from being out ... stopping
in their stores too.")
In January, the Kodiak City Council voted to make tax free
day an annual event that will occur on the first Saturday of March each year.
I'm Erik Wander.