Philly’s soda tax

You can buy tax-free soda at the new Center City Target — for now

12-packs are going for $2 less than the typical Philadelphia price.

Logan Square Target

Logan Square Target

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Center City’s newest Target, located just behind the Barnes Foundation, has a surprise opening gift for Philadelphians: tax-free soda.

Two-liter bottles are selling for $1.99 at the new spot, instead of the $2.79 price tag at the Target at 19th and Chestnut. The larger quantities are an even better deal: 12-packs of soda that go for $7.49 a few blocks away are $5.49 in the new store.

And it’s not just soda. Gatorade, orange drink, whatever sugar-filled beverage you could possibly want is going for a price lower than you’d find at other Targets and many others stores in Philadelphia.

Store manager Nora Kelly said corporate Target hasn’t yet added the soda tax into the new location’s pricing structure. Target does not add the tax at checkout, as many area grocers do. Given the tax is levied on distributors, Target is still paying for higher-priced soda; it’s just not passing the extra price onto the consumers yet. Kelly said a price change could happen sometime in the next few days.

Until then, she said, Philadelphians can come to Logan Square Target to get their sugary beverages at a discount.

This Logan Square Target held its grand opening Tuesday night. Today is its first full day. As part of its opening, the store is donating $2,000 each to the Barnes Foundation, Center City PAWS and Project HOME.



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