Win a $500 shopping spree in downtown Grimsby
Starting Aug. 20, Grimsby DIA will be giving away a $500 shopping spree each week up to and including Oct. 1.
To be eligible, all anyone has to do is spend more than $25 in any participating business in the DIA area - which spans from Kerman Avenue in the west to Robinson Street in the east and Main Street (including Elm) to the rail tracks in the north. Eligible entrants will be required to test their skill and knowledge of the community by answering three Grimsby trivia questions. For example, what was the original name for the Town of Grimsby, which is, of course, The Forty - established in 1787.
As another option, visitors to downtown can email a photo/scan of their receipt of $25 or more to: email@example.com to be eligible.
You might be out for dinner, stopping in to pay an insurance bill, picking up a new outfit or buying a new necklace - any purchase over $25 from Thursday, Aug. 13 to Thursday, Oct. 1 will be eligible for a draw.
The first draw will be Aug. 20 for any purchases Aug. 13-20. Names gathered for the first week's draw will be destroyed once the draw is completed and the process starts over for the week Aug. 20-Aug. 27.
This process will repeat up to and including Oct. 1.
Participating businesses will submit eligible customers' names and contact information for the draw each week. Winners will be contacted and asked which DIA businesses for which they would like gift certificates. They can divide the $500 prize up among as many as three different businesses should they choose.
As another option, visitors to downtown can email a photo/scan of their receipt of $25 or more and a phone number to: firstname.lastname@example.org to be eligible.
With the prizes being run week to week, all personal information will be deleted after the week’s draw is conducted.
This promotion comes on the heels of The Big Spend, a national one-day promotion designed to spur local economies.
“At our DIA board meeting last week, the consensus among business owners was the need to spread business out over more days of the week both to allow for better service and to ease any concerns customers may have with larger gatherings,” said DIA president Mike Williscraft.
“With the shopping spree program running eight weeks for seven draws and people visiting downtown any day of the week to be eligible, that is a best-case scenario for us.”
The program also connects to the Canada United program, a "Shop Canadian. Shop Local." themed event sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Under this program, Canadians are encouraged to shop and eat locally during the Canada United Weekend from Aug. 28-30 and watch Canada United videos online at GoCanadaUnited.ca
As well, one can like posts from @GoCanadaUnited on social media and use #CanadaUnited on Twitter to demonstrate their support. For each of these actions until Aug. 31. RBC will contribute five cents up to a maximum contribution amount of $2 million to the Canada United Small Business Relief Fund, while working with government and corporate partners to source additional contributions to the fund during the course of the campaign, according to RBC’s website.
The Fund will provide small Canadian businesses with grants of up to $5,000 to cover expenses related to personal protective equipment (PPE), renovations to accommodate re-opening guidelines and developing or improving e-commerce capabilities.
“Participating businesses will submit eligible customers for the draw each week, so you may get asked for your name and a phone number or email. Winners will be contacted and asked what businesses would they like gift certificates for and they can divide the $500 prize up among as many as three different businesses should they choose,” said Williscraft.
Best of luck to all who visit downtown Grimsby and the DIA board of directors, as well as all our downtown businesses greatly appreciate the support given over these most difficult months of late.