Since the government shutdown, passerbys have noticed new signage at the corner of Oak Street and Harkrider Street.

Conway’s Toppers Pizza franchise put out a homemade sign about a week after the news of the government furloughing federal employees. The sign says the pizza establishment is offering 30 percent off to all federal employees.

"We wanted to give back to the situation at hand for people who are out of work right now," said Leah Harmon, Toppers Pizza assistant manager.

The decision to offer the 30 percent discount was made by franchise owner Erle Hammans. The discount is only available at the Conway location. As a franchisee, Hammans can make decisions about discounts and specials that apply solely to his location.

"If we can create business and give a discount," Hammans said. "I’m all for it. It’s not a political statement. It’s a way to stretch their dollars and let them know we support them."

Hammans said the discount will be available as long as the government isn’t paying its employees.

"It will be available at least until they get paid," he said. "When they go back to work, and I read in the newspaper that they’re close to getting it done."

A hand-tossed, large 14 inch Toppers Classic supreme pizza with five toppings costs $17.99 before tax, if picked up in store, Hammans said. With the 30 percent off discount, federal employees can get it for about $12.60 before tax.

The offer applies to take out orders only for all federal employees who show ID.

"I know what it’s like to not have money," he said. "We offer discounts to students, but this said we understand what you’re going through."

Hammans said there’s no way to tell which discounts are driving more business, but business has been good.

"There’s not a way to pull the data to see if the money came from a government employee," he said. "There’s not a way to measure the response."

Anytime Hammans offers a discount he encourages employees to tell customers about it.

Harmon said customers who come into the store are surprised to learn Toppers is offering a discount in light of the government shutdown, and are very thankful and grateful that the store is recognizing furloughed employees.

"I don’t think a lot of other businesses are giving discounts like this. I wish more people knew about it," she said. "The people who come in are thrilled. They appreciate it. Every little bit helps."

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