Brookline, Mass. is launching a smart card debit program designed to boost consumer spending in local shops and restaurants, according to getdebit.com.
Brookline residents can now go online to order their PXT Payments smart debit cards, which enables them to pay quickly and securely at local coffee houses, hardware stores, retailers, parking lots and more.
Phase one participating retailers include: Athan’s Bakery, Beauty and Style, Pita Pit, Brookline Booksmith, Brookline Wine and Gourmet, Cafe Fixe, The Clay Room, Connelly Hardware, Dorado Tacos & Cemitas, Eureka, The Eye Store, FASTFRAME, J Earley’s Hair Salon, Johnnie’s Fresh Market, The Meat House, Party Favors, Serenade Chocolatier, Tatte Fine Cookies and Cakes, Temptations Cafe, When Pigs Fly Bread, and Zia Clothing and Accessories.
According to getdebit.com, Portland, Me. is in the final budgeting process of adopting its own PXT smart debit card program, which it hopes will help keep shoppers in local stores.
Marge Amster, Brookline’s Commercial Areas Coordinator told getdebit.com, “We are thrilled to help both local merchants and residents of Brookline stay local for all of their shopping needs. It doesn’t do anyone any good if local citizens are driving out to suburban malls just because it’s easy to park and there are discounts available. We’ve matched that now.”
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