FLINT TWP. — As a marketing strategy, a tent going up in a store’s parking lot sends a message to consumers that there are bargains to be found. The year has barely warmed up but the fun has already begun.
A big sale at the Patsy Lou Williamson Megalot last weekend was one of three tent sales recently approved by the Flint Township Board of Trustees.
Patsy Lou’s sale was approved for Feb. 23-27 and Kroger and Harbor Freight Tools received permission to hold tent sales soon.
Permits include conditions such as proof of liability insurance, building, fire and police inspections and a diagram of where the tent will be located. Trustee Frank Kasle questioned why expired proof of insurance forms were provided with two of the applications.
The Patsy Lou sale was blessed with sunny weekend weather but it wouldn’t have mattered much because the enclosed tent erected in the lot facing Linden Road provided a sheltered “indoor” atmosphere for bargain car shoppers.
The township board gave the green light to Harbor Freight Tools, 4333 Miller Road,, to hold its tent sale March 9-11. Approved hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Conditions include no smoking signs placed inside the tent and no parking allowed within ten feet surrounding the 20- by 30-foot frame tent.
Kroger at 5249 Corunna Road received permission to erect a shade structure from April 14 – July 30, operating from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Clerk Kim Courts said the store typically uses it for outdoor plant sales.