A GetGo in Carmel has been designated as a Community MeetUp Spot for customers who sell items on the OfferUp mobile app.
The GetGo, 11545 N. Illinois St., is next to the Market District parking lot. Both are owned by parent company Giant Eagle.
The MeetUp Spot gives the customers a secure location to complete transactions in an area that is monitored, well-lit and surveilled. Community MeetUp Spots will be designated by OfferUp signs and transactions will be welcome during the in-store cafe hours of operation. OfferUp is a fast-growing mobile marketplace.
“At GetGo, we’re dedicated to adding value to the communities we serve, and we felt we had a unique opportunity to bring that commitment to life by partnering with OfferUp to establish Community MeetUp Spots in select GetGo locations,” said Jannah Jablonowski, a spokesperson for Giant Eagle. “Through this partnership, our hope is to provide secure spaces for customers and members of our communities to comfortably and conveniently complete their OfferUp transactions.”
In addition to the partnership with Giant Eagle, OfferUp connects with more than 1,400 police departments nationally to create their version of an OfferUp Community MeetUp Spot to help buyers and sellers come to in-person transactions.
Jablonowski said the Carmel Police Dept. also is listed as a designated SafeTradeSpot where OfferUp users can choose to meet to complete their transactions in a secure environment.
CPD Lt. Joe Bickel said two parking spaces were designated as a safety exchange zone in 2017. The parking spaces are directly in front of the Carmel Police Dept. at 3 Civic Square.
“The spaces provide ample signage, good lighting and 24-7 video surveillance,” Bickel said. “If citizens are wanting a safe area to conduct social media or local classified face-to-face transactions they are welcome to utilize these areas at any given time. If they come during working hours (Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and were concerned about a VIN or serial number, we can verify the item is not stolen or missing. It’s another way for us to work together with the public to make sure Carmel and its residents are safe.”
Bickel said people use the zone to exchange items as well as custody of children.
For a list of verified Community MeetUp Spots in the U.S., visit SafeTradeSpots.com