HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 26, 2011 ? High Point University students, faculty and staff can often be seen in and around town ? patronizing local restaurants and retail shops ? thanks to the unique partnership the university has with many local businesses as part of the HPU Passport Program. The program serves not only as a convenience, but also provides an economic boost ? a great benefit to the community.
The HPU Passport Program allows students, faculty and staff to pay participating local merchants with their HPU ID card (Passport Card). The program began with less than 10 partners in 2006, and now boasts 51 restaurants and retails shops in the community. More businesses are looking to become a part of the program thanks to its growing success.
HPU has also made it simple for students to support local businesses by offering a complimentary shuttle that delivers students many local shops three days a week. The university also invites Passport Partners to campus to help promote their businesses.
“They appreciate our business,” says Leslie Smith, chief campus concierge at HPU. “And students appreciate the convenience of only needing their HPU Passport card; they don’t have to worry about carrying credit cards or cash.”
Smith says the current list of Passport Partners includes a wide range of restaurants and retail locations, which gives the HPU family plenty of options.
Passport restaurants include: Austin?s, Barberitos, Ben & Jerry’s, Carolina’s Diner, Carter Brothers, Char-Grill, Chili’s, CiCi’s Pizza, Cold Stone Creamery, Dairy Royal, DJ’s, Dominos Pizza, East Coast Wings, Firehouse Subs, Gianno’s, Ham’s, Jersey Mike’s, Kozzy’s Grille, Liberty Steakhouse, Mad Greek Grill, McAlister?s Deli, Moe?s Southwest Grille, O?So, Panera Bread, Papa John?s, The Peppermill Caf