A new KC Streetcar app is Open for Business. The app is being launched today in an effort to support and promote retail businesses during the next year of construction along the Downtown streetcar route.
The KC Streetcar app is free and available for download onto Android (j.mp/kcstreetcarandroid) and Apple (j.mp/kcstreetcarios)smart phones and tablets. It features shops, restaurants, bars, attractions and other retail businesses on the streetcar line – from Union Station to the River Market.
Participating businesses, featuring a Downtown KC – Open for Business window stickers on their front doors, are located on or adjacent to the streetcar route, along Main Street from Pershing Road to the River Market.
“The App features a loyalty rewards system,” said Mike Hurd, marketing director for the Downtown Council. “You earn points for checking in at retailers along the route. The points make you eligible to win a monthly prize, as well as a grand prize drawing.”
Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP, a Downtown law firm, has donated $5,000 to serve as the grand prize that will be awarded once the streetcar construction has been completed in about one year, Hurd explained. A minimum of 10,000 points over the next 12 months will be necessary to compete for the grand prize.
“We’re thrilled to be the sponsor of the Downtown Council’s grand prize reward,” said Spencer Fane’s Nate Orr. “This App is a fun and innovative way for us, as Downtown residents, to support and promote our neighbors, clients and friends, while we watch the future of Downtown Kansas City take shape.”
The App is the latest element of a new Open for Business campaign that is spearheaded by the Downtown Council and the KC Streetcar Constructors. The App was developed by Kansas City App Development Platform Moblico.
“We are sympathetic with the local businesses who deal with the daily construction and traffic impacts and we are committed to minimizing the impacts felt during the streetcar construction,” Hurd said. “Just as Main Street will remain open during construction, so will Downtown businesses.”
Retailers located on or adjacent to the route were invited to participate in the Open for Business – KC Streetcar App at no charge.
“Go ahead and download the App today,” Hurd said. “Then, you can get busy earning points while also helping the retailers stay strong during the months of streetcar construction this year and next.”