ARLINGTON, VAThe Columbia Pike Partnership (CPP) has joined the Open Rewards program, a move that brings significant benefits to Columbia Pike residents and visitors. Now, every time consumers shop in a local Columbia Pike small business, they can earn 5% back on purchases with a maximum reward amount of $10 per transaction. This is a unique opportunity to support local businesses and get rewarded for it.

This customer rewards program launches as a partnership between CPP and technology company BluDot; the program encourages shoppers to earn cash-back rewards while spending at Columbia Pike small businesses. The program is a key part of CPP’s strategy to incentivize consumers to shop locally and stimulate economic recovery after nearly three years of retail challenges from the Columbia Pike Multimodal Street Improvements, the Arlington National Cemetery’s Southern Expansion Project, and post-COVID-19 effects. Open Rewards launches in Columbia Pike this Wednesday, May 15, 2024, and will continue until funds are depleted.

“The Columbia Pike Partnership is very excited to be part of this program and is eager to support the small businesses that are so important to the cultural vibrancy of this community. We hope this motivates shoppers to visit Columbia Pike and support our thriving community.” Says Columbia Pike Partnership Executive Director Andrew Schneider.

Consumers can enroll in the program by downloading BluDot’s Open Rewards app on their smartphones, adding payment cards to their accounts, or uploading receipts from small business merchants. CPP encourages the  community to sign up for the program and start earning rewards today and support Columbia Pike small businesses!

There is no cost for businesses or consumers to participate in Open Rewards, and Columbia Pike small businesses in the personal service, restaurant, and retail sectors are automatically enrolled. Each transaction earns 5% in rewards, which can then be used to support more Columbia Pike small businesses. For consumers, this means more value for their purchases, while businesses can benefit from increased foot traffic and customer loyalty.

BluDot is a technology company that provides solutions for local economic development communities. As the technology partner for the Open Rewards program, BluDot ensures its smooth operation and security. The program is used in over 100 communities nationwide, demonstrating its proven track record and effectiveness.