Fred Meyer offers students discounts at College Night

Malia Salu Multimedia Contributor

Festivities to include free music, food, deals

Fred Meyer will be hosting their annual College Night on Monday evening starting at 11 p.m. after the store closes. The event will feature exclusive savings, free ‘swag bags’, free food, a live DJ from KBVR-FM and a guest appearance from Benny the Beaver. This VIP shopping experience is only available to Oregon State students and faculty until 1 a.m.

Originating in Corvallis, the Fred Meyer College Night has become a rapidly growing event and is now helping students at many different locations.

“This is the first store we ever did a college night event in, and it’s since spread to 27 different universities across the Northwest,” said Chris Lindekugel, Store Director of the Corvallis Fred Meyer. “It’s really cool…it’s just grown.”

According to Lindekugel, there were about 670 transactions at the event last year, but that doesn’t reflect the number of actual students in the store. This is the first time that College Night is on the calendar of sanctioned events for freshman move-in, and this leads Lindekugel to predict that about 2,000 students will be in attendance.

The first 100 people in the store will receive free ‘swag bags’ that include some essentials such as toothpaste, shampoo, food and some cosmetics. Other exclusive offers include an extra 20 percent off apparel, health and beauty care, shoes and home. There will also be 10 percent off private brand products in the food department and 10 percent off electronics. In addition there are various ‘Two-Hour Coupons’ that are only valid during the event.

“I’m just stoked to stock up on chips and shampoo,” said psychology major Brandon Blair, who attended the event last year. “I went last year and got enough snacks for the entire term.”

For anyone on campus, there will be shuttles driving students to and from the event, starting at 10 p.m. and ending at 1:30 a.m. All pick up and drop off locations are on and around campus and will have a poster with a map of locations and helpful information.

“The fact that there are shuttles picking up kids around campus and driving them there is so awesome and it makes the event so much more accessible,” said public health major Aubrie Loden. “I think that just being in the store after hours with a bunch of students and DJ’s playing music is going to be so fun.”

Lindekugel is glad to be able to help welcome the students back to school and is eager to continue being a part of the Corvallis and OSU community.

“I’m really excited to reestablish the relationship with OSU,” said Lindekugel. “This year it’s just coming together really well.”