Discount decals distributed


Alyssa Coleman

Juniors Jaymie Harclerode (left) and Mikayla Haggerty (right) eat Blizzards from the Dairy Queen along Scalp Avenue. Dairy Queen is one of the Pitt Stop locations that offer discounts for Pitt-Johnstown community members.

Alyssa Coleman, News Editor

Pitt-Johnstown community members can receive discounts from Johnstown and Richland Township businesses by showing their campus IDs.

The Pitt Stop program, run by student government members, features businesses that offer discounts for Pitt-Johnstown community members, and according to Student Involvement Committee Chairwoman Tessa Fry, not many are aware of the discounts.

“Many fan favorite places have been added in hopes of bringing in new faces to local businesses,” Fry said.  

“Our more popular spots include Quaker Steak and Taco Bell (just the Galleria location), which both offer 10 percent discounts; Wendy’s, which offers a 20 percent discount on orders up to $10; and Papa John’s, which offers a 30 percent discount on a large or extra-large pizza or two medium pizzas for $5.99 each.”

Fry said that business managers who wish to participate sign a two-year contract. This year has the highest number of participating businesses for the program, she said.

“If they wanted to join, we had no set amount they had to give,” Fry said.  “We were very gracious with anything they had to offer us.”

According to Fry, this semester, student government members started distributing Pitt Stop window decals to the participating business managers.  

These decals are to identify participating businesses and help Pitt-Johnstown community members know at which locations they are able to receive discounts.

“When signing the contract, we promised each business a window cling decal of our Pitt Stop program logo,” Fry said.

“This was to help ensure that every student knows where they can use their ID.”

At a Jan. 14 student government meeting, it was announced that almost all of the Pitt Stop decals had been distributed.

Student government Vice President Gretchen Shepard said the main reason students are unaware of the discounts is because some participating businesses fail to remind customers they offer the discounts.

“The program is very underused because some businesses (do not) advertise that they participate in the program,” Shepard said.

“So we decided to distribute window decals to all the participating businesses to remind students where to get discounts.

“The program has been going on for around four years, and we hope to get more students to participate,” Shepard said.

Fry said a list of all participating businesses can be found on flyers distributed on campus, student government media pages or by asking any student government member.

“Our pages and flyers have a detailed list of every Pitt Stop location and discount offered,” Fry said.

“We’re always looking for new suggestions for some of students’ favorite places to shop.”