Apple Pay expands to 74 of top 100 U.S. merchants

Apple Pay is gaining some large U.S. merchants with Target, Taco Bell, Jack in the Box, Hy-Vee supermarkets and Speedway convenience stores joining the service soon. (Apple)

Apple Pay will soon be available in 74 of the top 100 merchants in the U.S. and 65% of all retailers across the country. The mobile contactless payment system, which works with iPhones and the Apple Watch, has been increasing market share and availability since it launched more than four years ago.

The most recent additions include Target, Taco Bell, Hy-Vee supermarkets, Speedway convenience stores and Jack in the Box. Apple says the system will be available in all of Target’s 1,850 locations in the U.S. in a few weeks. More than 7,000 Taco Bell and 2,200 Jack in the Box locations will be up and running with Apple Pay in the next few months, according to Apple.

“Whether customers are buying everyday household items, groceries, snacks for a road trip or grabbing a quick meal, Apple Pay is the easiest way to pay in stores, while also being secure and faster than using a credit or debit card at the register,” Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president of internet services, said in a prepared statement. “We’re thrilled even more customers will be able to pay at their favorite stores and restaurants using the Apple devices that are always with them.”

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Apple Pay is available now at more than 245 Hy-Vee stores in the Midwest and inside about 3,000 Speedway locations. Last year was a busy one for Apple Pay too, with Costco bringing the service to more than 500 U.S. warehouses, CVS Pharmacy adding the capability to almost 8,400 locations and 7-Eleven launching the payment system at 95% of all U.S. stores.

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