PITTSBURGH — Giant Eagle here is discontinuing its foodperks! program that allowed customers to earn grocery discounts based on gas purchases, the company said last week.
The chain has also ended a program that allowed customers to get antibiotics and Type 2 diabetes medications for free because of rising drug costs, the company said. The drugs have been added to Giant Eagle’s list of generic medications that are available for $4 and $10 for a 30-day and 90-day supply, respectively, with the use of a Giant Eagle Advantage card.
A spokesman for Giant Eagle told SN that the foodperks! discount program did not provide significant savings for customers. About 92% of Giant Eagle customers saved less than $40 from foodperks! in the preceding 12 months, Daniel Donovan, the Giant Eagle spokesman, said.
As it phases out foodperks!, Giant Eagle said it is retaining its fuelperks! program that allows customers to earn discounts on gasoline, and adding a separate fuel-related discount. Beginning last week, customers at Giant Eagle gas stations and its GetGo convenience stores will instantly save 3 cents per gallon on the price of fuel purchased when they scan their Giant Eagle Advantage Card and are not redeeming
Separately, Giant Eagle was sued by the provider of its fuelperks! program, Dallas-based Excentus Corp., which alleges that the retailer violated terms of their agreement.
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Excentus also alleged that Giant Eagle directors David and Daniel Shapira breached their duties as board members of Excentus, which is seeking disgorgement of up to $1 billion in profits Giant Eagle has made through fuelperks!
Giant Eagle in a statement said “the claims are wholly without merit,” and resemble those made in a suit in Texas that were dismissed on jurisdictional grounds. “Our expectation is that they will be dismissed in this instance as well,” Giant Eagle said.
Additional reporting by Jon Springer
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