Acme kicks off gas re­wards pro­gram

It joins forces with Sunoco to of­fer the money off at the pump for shop­pers who earn points with their pur­chases

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Brian McCul­lough bm­c­cul­lough@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @wc­dai­ly­lo­cal on Twit­ter

Gro­cery shop­pers in the re­gion who are look­ing for a break at the gas pump have a new op­tion.

Acme Mar­kets is team­ing up with Sunoco to launch its Gas Re­ward pro­grams in 179 Acme lo­ca­tions in Penn­syl­va­nia, New Jer­sey, Delaware, Mary­land, New York and Con­necti­cut.

Of the 400 Sunoco sta­tions par­tic­i­pat­ing, 19 are in Ch­ester County, 27 are in Delaware County and 31 are in Mont­gomery County.

Acme cus­tomers can get up to $1 off per gal­lon when redeem­ing their Gas Re­wards.

Gas Re­wards can be earned by mak­ing qual­i­fy­ing pur­chases at Acme stores. The launch of the pro­gram helps max­i­mize value and sav­ings for both ACME and Sunoco cus­tomers with qual­ity, con­ve­nience and re­wards, the com­pa­nies said in a joint state­ment.

“This re­la­tion­ship is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to of­fer ad­di­tional sav­ings to our cus­tomers,” said Acme Pres­i­dent Dan Croce. “Cus­tomers will have plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to earn Gas Re­wards at nearly all of our Acme lo­ca­tions, and the process to re­deem the re­wards is even eas­ier.”

Acme joins com­peti­tors in the re­gion with sim­i­lar pro­grams. At Gi­ant, cus­tomers can go to sta­tions run by the com­pany that are lo­cated near the stores.

Sa­man­tha Krepps, man­ager of pub­lic and com­mu­nity re­la­tions for Gi­ant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Mar­kets, said Gi­ant be­gan its Gas Ex­tra Re­wards pro­gram in Fe­bru­ary 2006.

“It’s an­other way we of­fer our cus­tomers sav­ings,” Krepps said.

Danielle D’Elia, com­mu­ni­ca­tions and govern­ment re­la­tions man­ager at Acme, said the pro­gram started Nov. 4 is an ex­ten­sion of of­fers made else­where.

“Our par­ent com­pany – Al­bert­sons Com­pa­nies – has gas re­wards pro­grams with other part­ners across the coun­try that have been suc­cess­ful,” D’Elia said. “We’re bring­ing sim­i­lar sav­ings to our Acme shop­pers by our part­ner­ship with Sunoco.” The Gas Re­wards pro­gram is also avail­able in Al­bert­sons, Safe­way, Vons, Pavil­ions, Carrs and JewelOsco stores lo­cated in Alaska, Ari­zona, Cal­i­for­nia, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illi­nois, In­di­ana, Louisiana, Mary­land, Ne­vada, Ore­gon, Vir­ginia and Wash­ing­ton.

D’Elia said the Acme feels team­ing up with a part­ner gives shop­pers more choice.

“For ex­am­ple, one town might have two or three par­tic­i­pat­ing Sunoco gas sta­tions to choose from to re­deem their gas re­wards,” Delia noted.

Acme cus­tomers can reg­is­ter for the Gas Re­wards pro­gram at www.acmemar­kets.com or by sign­ing up for MyMixx on the Acme App on their An­droid or iOS de­vices. Points are earned in the fol­low­ing man­ners:

• Cus­tomers re­ceive one point per $1 spent on el­i­gi­ble gro­cery pur­chases.

• Cus­tomers re­ceive one point for ev­ery out-of­pocket cost dol­lar spent on phar­macy, in­clud­ing co­pays.

• Cus­tomers can build up points twice as fast by re­ceiv­ing two points per $1 spent on qual­i­fy­ing gift cards.

“We will al­ways look for ways to re­ward our cus­tomers for their loy­alty to Sunoco and great brands like Acme,” said Cyn­thia A. Archer, Sunoco LP ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and chief mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer. “The Gas Re­wards pro­gram gives our cus­tomers even more ways to save.”

DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA FILE PHOTO — VINNY TEN­NIS

The Acme store at the West Goshen Shop­ping Cen­ter.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

A sign touts Acme’s new gas re­wards pro­gram.

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