A big Citywide Clearance Sale is planned again starting Jan. 9 throughout Philadelphia.

Participating merchants will be updated:

Steve's on the Square

• Tolbert

Clothesline

• M&S

PAC

Tanya’s Threads

In Sports

Kademi

Businesses of kinds from car dealers to retailers are being encouraged to offer a percent off merchandise or special deals beginning Jan. 9. Individual merchants can determine the length of their specials but most are expected to run through the first weekend.

The idea is to promote shopping at home and keeping sales tax dollars in Philadelphia, organizers said.

Special promotions in the Democrat’s printed editions as well as digitally throughout the region will draw shoppers, organizers said.