WISE COLUMN: Bi-Lo expands gas-reward program to ease pain at the pump
Bi-Lo wants to ease some of the pain at the pump.
With gasoline prices climbing nationally nearly 47 cents over the past month to a four-month high of $3.76 a gallon of regular on average and jumping 35 cents locally to $3.60, the Mauldin-based supermarket chain is adding more grocery items as part of its gas-rewards program called fuelperks!
The expanded program includes hundreds of additional grocery items that will help the food store chain's BonusCard customers rack up from 5 to 50 cents per gallon per item.
The rewards program works like this: For every $50 in qualified purchases shoppers spend at Bi-Lo, they receive a 5-cents-per-gallon reward applied to their BonusCard that can be used at the pump to reduce the price of gas.
With the expanded benefits, if the customer, within their $50 total, also purchased two bonus rewards items worth 5 cents and two bonus rewards items at 10 cents per gallon, then the potential fuelperks! rewards could equal 35 cents — not 5 cents — per gallon off their next fuel purchase at participating gas stations.
The rewards must be redeemed within three months after the current month and are good for up to 20 gallons of gasoline. Bonus items and their cents-per-gallon value will vary each week, and each offer may contain limitations. Bonus points and balances show up on receipts. The list of bonus items and their rewards value can be found in stores with circular and online at www.bi-lo.com/promotions.
A new restaurant is headed to Charleston's upper peninsula.
Palmetto Commercial Properties reports that HNV Morrison LLC has leased a 5,412-square-foot space at 1081 Morrison Drive for restaurant/retail use. The tenants are not ready to disclose the restaurant name, according to Richard Morse of Palmetto Commercial.
Rogue Wave surf shop at 69 Spring St. will close March 31, but it's not going away completely.
Owner Rhett Boyd intends to continue making custom surfboards and surf-related clothing for sale online and in pop-up shops and other vendors in Charleston as well as on the East and West coasts through his rebranded Rogue Wave Surf and Supply.
Look for his wares at One Love Designs at 478 King St. starting March 1. In the meantime, most of the items in the existing shop are half price until it closes.
North Charleston has a new fitness site. Barefoot Yoga Studio is now open at 1050 E. Montague Ave., Suite B. The 1,200-square-foot space is owned by Masie Barefoot-Judson, offers two classrooms and is open seven days a week. Check barefootyogastudio.com for class schedules.
Children's Discovery Center, a new childcare and education provider, will hold a groundbreaking ceremony from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today at 1110 Venning Road in Mount Pleasant. It's the center's first South Carolina location. It has several others in Ohio.
The Charleston Friends of the Library will hold its first of five yearly book sales Friday and Saturday at the Otranto Regional Branch at 2261 Otranto Road in North Charleston. It runs 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.
Do you know of a business that is opening, closing or expanding? Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524 or twitter.com/warrenlancewise.