Corpus Christi – Back-to-school shopping is in full swing as shoppers and retailers prepare for the Texas Sales Tax Holiday Friday, August 10, through Sunday, August 12.

Tax-free items once again include those priced under $100 used by elementary and secondary students, such as basic school supplies, backpacks, clothing and uniforms, shoes and many accessories. Shoppers will also find special deals at many stores whose merchandise does not qualify for tax-free status. Select La Palmera retailers will have extended hours for the three-day event, a list of which can be found online at lapalmera.com and on the mall’s Facebook page.

According to an annual back-to-school survey conducted by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), nearly 90% of back-to-school shoppers said they were planning to spend money in brick and mortar stores, with approximately three-quarters saying they plan to spend more this year than in 2017. The number one reason for shopping in stores is the ability to physically see, touch or try on the merchandise, followed by better prices, good deals and promotions. 

At La Palmera, shoppers will find children’s shoes and accessories, including backpacks, at Journeys Kidz; uniforms at The Children’s Place, Dillard’s, JCPenney and Macy’s; athletic t-shirts and shorts from Champs Sports; denim and other clothing and accessories from Aeropostale, Buckle, francesca’s, H&M, OshKosh B’gosh, PacSun, Tillys, Vans and Zumiez; as well as makeup and grooming products at MAC and Ulta Beauty. A complete list of eligible items can be found at https://comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/publications/98-490/.

The Corpus Christi Police Department will have officers on site throughout the weekend, helping to direct traffic if needed. Shoppers will find free covered parking in the garage off McArdle, as well as valet parking for only $5 at the mall’s main entrance by P.F. Chang’s China Bistro.