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Business First of Columbus reports that Giant Eagle, which has been operating a gas discount program for its shoppers, has expanded the program by “linking up with hundreds of retailers online … customers can shop at more than 600 retailers and get discounts on gas purchases at Giant Eagle’s GetGo convenience stores. The participating retailers include Best Buy, Macy’s, Apple, Home Depot, PetSmart, Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Office Depot and Lands’ End. Customers begin shopping at Giant Eagle’s Web site but then are taken to the retailers’ sites to complete sales.”

The paper notes that “Giant Eagle already sells retailers’ gift cards at its stores that qualify for gas discounts. For gift cards or online purchases, customers get 10 cents off per gallon for every $50 they spend.”

KC's View:
Look for a lot of retailers to seek new and innovative ways of saving people money in these tough economic times.