Kroger to offer discounts on tax-free weekend

Kroger announced Wednesday that its stores will offer additional discounts in connection with this weekend’s statewide sales-tax holiday and in the days afterward.

Officials with Kroger’s Cincinnati-Dayton division said Kroger “Marketplace” stores — which sell clothing and other items in addition to groceries — will offer discounts on clothing and apparel in the form of a coupon for 25 percent off. Both the larger Marketplace stores and the traditional Kroger grocery stores will offer a discount on school supplies via a coupon for 20 percent off when a customer spends $20 or more on school supplies.

These discounts are in place now and will extend through next Tuesday, Kroger officials said. Coupons for the discounts are available in Kroger stores, a company spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The discounts will be in addition to the customer savings from the statewide sales-tax holiday, which starts Friday morning and extends through Sunday night. Ohio’s first sales-tax holiday allows shoppers to buy as many items of clothing and shoes that cost $75 or less, and as many school supplies that cost $20 or less per item as they wish, without having to pay state and local sales tax. That exemption will save shoppers from 6.5 percent to 7.25 percent off the total cost of those items, depending on the county where the sale takes place.

Kroger customers also will get four times the usual fuel points on apparel purchases, including clothing, shoes and accessories, at all Kroger Marketplace stores from Aug. 12 through Sept. 8, and on purchases of retailers’ gift cards through Aug. 11, company officials said.

Kroger Marketplace stores in this region include:

• Beavercreek, 3165 Dayton-Xenia Road

• Centerville, 1095 S. Main St.

• Englewood, 885 Union Blvd.

• Middletown, 3420 Towne Blvd.

• Lebanon, 1425 Columbus Ave.

• Liberty Twp., 7300 Yankee Road