Rite Aid was on the side of the slightly-more-retailer-friendly CurrentC for quite a while, but today the company announced that it will begin supporting mobile payment systems — the ones that some people actually use — on August 15th.
In all of the company’s almost 4,600 stores across 31 states, Apple Pay, Google Wallet, and the yet-to-officially-launch Android Pay, will all be accepted come that date, alongside tap-and-pay credit and debit cards.
Rite Aid was one of a small number of retailers banded together as members of the Merchant Customer eXchange, a group that concurrently banned Apple Pay following its introduction in October of last year. Now Apple Pay is coming back.
It is yet to be seen which retailers will officially support Google’s Android Pay, but it will likely turn out to be the same places that you can pay with Apple Pay. Rite Aid is a definite yet, but other drugstores, like CVS, are still up in the air.
CAMP HILL, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rite Aid announced today that all of the Company’s nearly 4,600 stores nationwide will begin accepting mobile payments, including Apple PayTM and Google Wallet TM, starting Saturday, August 15. The Company will also accept Google’s forthcoming Android Pay TM. Additionally, all Rite Aid stores will also accept tap and pay credit and debit cards.
“Increasingly, consumers are actively seeking out and incorporating mobile technology into many facets of their life, including their shopping and purchasing decisions,” said Ken Martindale, CEO of Rite Aid stores and president of Rite Aid Corporation. “By accepting mobile payments, we’re able to offer Rite Aid customers an easy and convenient checkout process, which we know is important to them. Investing in mobile technologies is just one piece of Rite Aid’s evolving digital strategy and we will continue to explore, test and implement innovative technologies that will help us to better serve our valued customers.”
Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2015 annual revenues of $26.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.