As Apple Pay continues to expand to more banks in the United States and around the world, it’s slowly coming to more retail locations, as well. Next on the docket for Apple Pay support appears to be Chick-Fil-A, according to a tweet from the restaurant chain.
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Last year, it was reported that Apple Pay support was coming to Chick-Fil-A locations around the country, but the rollout never fully began, though a handful of users have been able to use the service sporadically. According to today’s tweet, however, Apple Pay will be accepted at all Chick-Fil-A locations as of this Friday, August 19th. The mobile payment platform will be supported in-store and in the drive thru.
Chick-Fil-A’s adoption of Apple Pay comes after the company has experimented with QR-based solutions in the past. Those solutions ultimately failed, according to employees, much like other QR-based offerings we’ve seen. Chick-Fil-A has, however, supported Apple Pay in its recently revamped app on iOS.
Apple keeps a list of retailers that support Apple Pay on its website, though it has not yet been updated to acknowledge Chick-Fil-A’s support. The fast-food chain is still listed as “coming soon” on Apple’s website as of now. Other entities listed as coming soon including Forever 21, Johnny Rockets, T-Mobile, and L.L. Bean.
Some retailers, however, continue to resist Apple Pay. Just last week, CVS announced their own “CVS Pay” QR code-based mobile payments solution. Walmart also resists Apple Pay, instead opting for its own QR solution, Walmart Pay.
As is usually the case with Apple Pay rollouts in national chains, some users have already reported being able to use the service at their local Chick-Fil-A. The full rollout, however, should be completed by this Friday, August 19th. Let us know in the comments of your experience using Apple Pay in Chick-Fil-A locations in the comments!