Rumor: Kroger affiliate QFC could be adding Apple Pay support to stores


A Kroger affiliate grocery store, Quality Food Centers (QFC), looks like it could be adding Apple Pay to its stores.

A user from Reddit has posted a photo of a card reader that shows the card reader having the four dots across the top, the display saying the word “tap” and there is an NFC symbol on the screen of the reader too.

Kroger subsidiary QFC has enabled contactless from ApplePay

The origins of the photo are from a store in Redmond, WA. However, in the original post where the photo came from, the user mentioned how the reader did decline his Chase Freedom Unlimited credit card when using Apple Pay, which could show that the reader is not completely ready for Apple Pay purchases yet.

What makes this interesting is that Kroger has been a long holdout against Apple Pay and other contactless forms of payment, similar to Walmart.

It would also be interesting to see if Kroger is testing out Apple Pay functionality in its QFC stores to see how well it does over there, and then see if it would be an option to add in its grocery stores.

Kroger does currently have its own mobile payment method, Kroger Pay, where users. can download the Kroger app, make an account, add their card information and make purchases in stores by scanning a QR code on the card reader. It works just like Walmart Pay.

Kroger Pay can be used at Kroger stores as well as its affiliated stores such as Baker’s, Dillons, Gerbes, King Soopers, City Market, Fry’s, Ralphs, Pick ‘n Save, Metro Market, Copps, QFC, Jay C, Owens and Pay-Less grocery stores.

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