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Bell Tower Shops welcomes teachers, parents and all shoppers for Florida’s back-to-school sales tax holiday

Retailers and boutiques at Bell Tower Shops will be offering exclusive promotions and deals during Florida’s back-to-school sales tax holiday in early August.

The Florida Legislature approved Aug. 3-5 as this year’s tax-free weekend, offering shoppers a 6 percent sales tax savings on selected items. Additionally, retail stores and boutiques at Bell Tower Shops are pairing the tax break with significant discounts and sales, thus offering additional incentives to savvy shoppers.

“Florida’s back-to-school sales tax holiday is always a popular time at Bell Tower Shops,” said Samantha Lillard, CSM, senior general manager for Bell Tower Shops. “Tax-free deals aren’t limited to just students. All shoppers, including teachers and parents, qualify for the additional savings if their purchases meet the state’s parameters, and our tenants are planning some fantastic promotions for the weekend.”

Tax-exempt purchases include clothing items like shirts, pants, shorts, jackets, socks, underwear, bras and hats, as well as footwear, belts, ties, backpacks and handbags priced at $60 or less. Additionally, ear buds, notebooks, lunch boxes, calculators and other school supplies valued at $15 or less qualify for the savings. For complete details on Florida’s back-to-school sales tax holiday, visit the Florida Department of Revenue’s information sheet.

During the tax-free weekend, Bell Tower Shops with be open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4; and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5. Operating hours for anchor stores, restaurants and the movie theater may vary from regular center hours.

Bell Tower Shops is undergoing a comprehensive redevelopment to modernize the landmark destination through updated architecture, redesigned storefronts, fresh paint and contemporary lighting. All retail stores, boutiques and restaurants will maintain regular operating hours during construction.

Public school students in Lee and Charlotte counties return from summer vacation on Friday, Aug. 10, while Collier students return on Wednesday, Aug. 15.

About Bell Tower Shops

Bell Tower Shops is a landmark shopping, dining and entertainment destination centrally located in Fort Myers, Florida. The open-air center offers fine retail shops including eclectic boutiques and shopping favorites Williams-Sonoma, Chico’s, White House | Black Market, Victoria’s Secret, Pink and Talbots. Exceptional shopping is complemented by distinctive restaurants: Bistro 41, Cru, DaRuMa Japanese Steak House, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, Blue Pointe Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill, Cantina Laredo, Mimi’s Café, T.G.I. Friday’s and Society. In addition to The Fresh Market, Bed Bath & Beyond and a 20-screen Regal Cinema complex, Bell Tower Shops is home to exceptional specialty retailers and restaurants including Society, World of Beer, Francesca’s Collection and Ulta. A community partner and pet-friendly destination, Bell Tower Shops hosts special events throughout the year, including concerts, fundraisers, art fairs and more. Visit www.thebelltowershops.com for more information.

About Madison Marquette

Madison Marquette is a leading private real estate investment manager, developer, operator and service provider headquartered in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1992, the company’s reputation is built on the successful development, repositioning and redevelopment of commercial mixed-use assets in major gateway and emerging high-growth markets throughout the United States. Madison Marquette partners with global institutional and private investors to achieve industry-leading investment performance across asset classes. In addition, the firm provides integrated management and leasing services to many of the most sophisticated institutional owners in the industry. On behalf of owners and investors, Madison Marquette provides insight, and often innovative incorporation of retail, that results in high-performing and unique real estate destinations that add long-term value to their communities. Current high-profile projects include The Wharf in Washington, D.C., the redevelopment of the Asbury Park waterfront in New Jersey and Pacific Place in Seattle, WA. The firm covers major U.S. markets through its primary offices in Washington, D.C., New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Fort Lauderdale.  Madison Marquette is a member of the Capital Guidance global group of companies. For more information, visit www.MadisonMarquette.com.

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