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Supermarkets and grocery stores are usually open from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm. Some may even be open 24 hours a day. Most other stores open around 10:00 am and close around 5:00 pm or 6:00 pm, Monday through Saturday. Some may have evening hours as well. Shopping malls are open from 10:00 am to 9:30 pm every day except Sunday, when they are open from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Scranton and the surrounding area offer a variety of neighborhood shopping districts within a short walk or bus ride from campus where you may purchase clothing, furniture, appliances, household supplies, cosmetics, as well as general and ethnic groceries. Suburban shopping malls offering a larger selection of stores are accessible by bus or car. The State of Pennsylvania charges a 6% sales tax on all purchases except unprepared food, clothing, and medicine. Other states and cities also charge sales tax on purchases, but there is no uniform nationwide sales tax.
Buying Used Items
You can save money by buying used items, such as clothing, furniture, and other household goods. Certain stores sell used items and people often have sales in their garage or yard where they sell things they no longer need or want. You can check the want-ads (classified advertisements) in the Scranton Times, the Paper Shop (a free online newspaper serving Northeastern Pennsylvania) or on craigslist.
Off-Campus Dining & Entertainment
Please visit the Student Acitivies Off-Campus Dining & Entertainment guide for more "things to do" in Scranton!