Candy Now Competing with Hockey at the Area Check-out

OFB reader Kathleen today gave us an encouraging heads-up from a recent shopping trip in the area:

“In the check-out line at Shopper’s [Food Warehouse] I was drooling looking over the candy to my right and I looked up to the generic Starbucks, Barnes & Noble, and Old Navy $25 gift cards that are always there.¬†But this time was different. What did I see?¬†A $25 gift card to¬†NHL.com, that’s what.¬†Almost bought it too, just for kicks.¬† Wanted to share my hockey moment, in hopes that maybe . . . just maybe . . . hockey truly is catching on in this town.”

Have you noticed similarly unusual bursts of pro hockey enthusiasm among area merchants this summer? Or just unexpected brushes with our game, in unexpected places? Share them with us if so.

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3 Responses to Candy Now Competing with Hockey at the Area Check-out

  1. CraigD says:

    Just FYI, I’ve seen them at the checkouts in Troy, Ohio. Nearest hockey town is Columbus about 100 miles away.

  2. SpartyCuse says:

    Here in Chicago, the grocery stores have gift cards for the Sox, Bears, Bulls, etc. I think they are good at the respective online team stores, or for purchasing tickets online.

  3. Cat says:

    I’ve seen them at a bunch of grocery stores here in the Dallas area. I haven’t looked for other sports, mostly because when I’m grocery shopping I just want to get the hell out of there, but I know they have shop.nhl.com cards in values of $25 and $50.

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