Latest Apple Pay Retailers Include LCBO and Former CurrentC Backers

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LCBO-Apple_PayLiquor, wine, and beer drinkers across Ontario, Canada can now pay for their alcoholic beverages with an iPhone or Apple Watch, as LCBO has confirmed that it now accepts Apple Pay at all of its over 850 stores in the province.

LCBO had been gradually rolling out Apple Pay support since June at its stores, which have long been equipped with NFC-based terminals for contactless payments, and the province-wide rollout was officially completed last week.

Meanwhile, former CurrentC backers continue to reverse course and expand Apple Pay support at their U.S. stores. Twitter user Matt S. was able to use Apple Pay at Sheetz, a gas and convenience chain with over 500 stores in mostly Mid-Atlantic states, next to Raleigh–Durham International Airport.

Sheetz has not publicly confirmed that it is widely launching Apple Pay at the gas pump, but many of its locations are equipped with the requisite contactless payments infrastructure to tap an iPhone or Apple Watch.

QuikTrip, another U.S. chain of over 730 gas and convenience stores in the midwest and southern United States, has also supported Apple Pay and other contactless payments since February, with all locations coming on board within the past few weeks. QuikTrip does not appear to accept Apple Pay directly at their gas pumps at this time.

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QuikTrip began piloting Apple Pay earlier this year (Image: Ian M. via Twitter)

Sheetz and QuikTrip were both previously committed to the Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) and its indefinitely-postponed Apple Pay rival CurrentC.

Sheetz and QuikTrip join a handful of other former MCX members that now accept Apple Pay, including high-profile retailers Best Buy and Rite Aid. Apple Pay holdouts Walmart and Target also belonged to MCX, but the former released Walmart Pay and the latter is developing its own similar QR code-based solution.

Update: Former MCX member CVS also appears to be testing Apple Pay support on contactless payment terminals at select U.S. stores. The pharmacy chain's official stance is that it's "in the process of evaluating mobile payment options for our customers."

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53 months ago
Target and Wal-Mart are being idiots about this
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53 months ago
I asked Target on twitter when we would be able to use Apple Pay at the register. They responded and said they were currently working on it. :)
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53 months ago
Not news. Been able to pay LCBO from day 1 of Apple Pay in Canada. Their payment system automatically supported AP like everywhere else that takes Tap.
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53 months ago
I figured it was a matter of time before MCX would fold. It was more obnoxious and painful than using EMV and waiting the 10 seconds to do an online auth.

And I got that notification last week too, but I refuse to use Walmart Pay on principle. I figure the less adoption it sees, the sooner it'll go away and they can devote their attention to supporting NFC payments. Hopefully WP will die (an albeit slow death), and they can finally conform to what the customers want instead of trying to strong-arm the industry into using its QR code kludge of a payment system just to save on transaction fees.
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53 months ago
I've been shopping at the LCBO with ApplePay for a while now. Almost every major retailer in Canada already accepts ApplePay, even if not explicitly mentioning it. All the electronic transaction providers have been actively replacing retailers' terminals to the new ones with NFC and most large and small retailers have had those new terminals for over a year now. The only major holdout is Hudson's Bay which for some reason has these ancient massive cube shaped PIN pads that don't accept tap payments.
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53 months ago
You guys talking about chip and pin must not be US based. Here in the US we have the less secure chip and signature. No chip and pin in use. Apple Pay is a step up. The chip and signature may help at some level but nothing in that validates who you are since you can just scribble on the pad. At least adding the pin adds a second factor and Apple Pay has the fingerprint.
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