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OfferUp adds 91 Giant Eagle locations to MeetUp Spot network

Through a partnership with Giant Eagle, OfferUp customers that buy or sell items within the company's mobile app can select one of 91 nearby Giant Eagle, Market District, and GetGo locations as a designated Community MeetUp Spot, where they can complete their transactions in a secure location.

"OfferUp's partnership with Giant Eagle is the first of its kind between a local marketplace and leading supermarket retailer. We're both community-driven companies that thrive on delivering friendly and trusted experiences for our customers," OfferUp's vice president of community, Natalie Angelillo said. "This is about providing our customers with value and convenience, regardless of whether they're buying something from their neighbor, shopping for groceries or fueling up their tank."

Earlier this year, OfferUp created, the largest national database of locations for in-person transactions. The company collaborates with over 1,400 police departments across the country to designate and manage their version of a Community MeetUp Spot, which helps ensure buyers and sellers can meet for in-person transactions with added peace of mind.

Adding popular retail locations from Giant Eagle to OfferUp's current list of safe exchange spots adds to the core customer safety features in the app including, TruYou identity confirmation, user ratings and reviews. In addition, it offers a secure in-app messaging that allows customers to communicate without having to share their personal information, the company said.

For a limited time, the partnership also will include a digital coupon for OfferUp customers to get a free 16-oz. bottle of Market District ready-to-drink tea or lemonade from Giant Eagle when they make plans to meet at a participating Giant Eagle, Market District, or GetGo location.

To get the coupon, customers in Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh, who are communicating via OfferUp's in-app chat feature, should suggest meeting at a Giant Eagle, Market District, or GetGo location. When prompted, they can select "get free item" to get the coupon for a free drink, and select "find locations" to get a list of participating stores. They can then get the exclusive coupon for the free drink in the app, and redeem it at a participating store when meeting up to exchange your item.

"At Giant Eagle, we have always considered it our responsibility to meet the needs of our customers and to add value to the communities we serve," Giant Eagle spokesperson Dan Donovan said, in a statement. "Through a partnership with OfferUp, our hope is to provide a safe and convenient environment for our customers to accomplish one more thing while they're grocery shopping at Giant Eagle or filling up their tank at GetGo."
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