Visa credit cards not accepted at Kroger subsidiary

MARK:VISA CREDIT CARDS ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTED AT SOME KROGER- OWNED STORES IN CALIFORNIA BROOKE:SOME ARE WONDERING IF THE SUPERMARKET GIANT WILL IMPLEMENT THE SAME POLICY AT ITS FLAGSHIP STORES – WHICH INCLUDE SEVERAL RIGHT HERE IN THE MIAMI VALLEY

2 NEWS REPORTER DANA SMITH IS ASKING QUESTIONS WITH WHAT A VISA BAN COULD MEAN FOR LOCAL SHOPPERS DANA:KROGER SAYS THEY'RE NO LONGER ACCEPTING VISA CREDIT CARDS AT SOME STORES BECAUSE OF THE HIGH FEES ASSOCIATED WITH EACH SWIPEAND MANY CUSTOMERS I SPOKE TO ABOUT IT TODAY SAY THEY DON'T MIND KROGER ANNOUNCED MONDAY: IT WILL NO LONGER ACCEPT VISA CREDIT CARDS AT ITS CALIFORNIA SUBSIDIARY, FOODS COTHE BAN GOES INTO EFFECT LATER THIS MONTH AND WILL AFFECT MORE THAN 20 STORES, IN CITIES LIKE SAN FRANCISO

KROGER SAYS VISA'S HIGH FEES AND RATES ARE TO BLAME FOR ITS DECISIONIN AN INTERVIEW WITH BLOOMBERG, A KROGER SPOKESPERSON SAID THE COMPANY IS PREPARED TO EXPAND THE BAN TO ITS FLAGSHIP STORES – IF IT HAS TOELLEN FAVER/KROGER SHOPPER:"IT DOES LESSEN THE CHOICES THAT A CUSTOMER WOULD HAVE BUT BECAUSE OF THE HIGH FEES, THEY MIGHT NOT HAVE TO PASS THAT ONTO THE CONSUMER SO THEY MIGHT BE DOING US A FAVOR BY NOT PASSING THAT COST TO US" MIXED REACTIONS AMONG SOME KROGER SHOPPERS I SPOKE TO TODAY

SOME SAY THEY DON'T LIKE THAT KROGER IS LIMITING CHOICES FOR PAYINGBUT THE MAJORITY OF SHOPPERS TOLD ME: IT'S NOT A BIG DEAL RACHEL/KROGER SHOPPER:"WELL IT'S UNFORTUNATE BUT I THINK A LOT OF BUSINESSES WILL BE DOING THAT EVENTUALLY"MANY SAID THEY DON'T USE VISA CREDIT CARDS FOR GROCERY SHOPPING SO ITS NOT AN ISSUE THEY'RE CONCERNED ABOUTAND KROGER SAYS VISA DEBIT CARDS WILL STILL BE ACCEPTEDOTHER CREDIT CARDS LIKE MASTERCARD, AMERICAN EXPRESS, AND DISCOVER ARE STILL ACCEPTED AT FOODS CO, ALSO

"I DON'T USE A VISA SO IT DOESNT' AFFECT ME BUT I LOVE KROGER I DRIVE ALL THE WAY HERE IF I'M ALL THE WAY OUT OF TOWN JUST TO GET MY GROCERIES AT KROGER SO, I'M OKAY WITH IT"DANA:ACCORDING TO REPORTS, KROGER SPENDS AROUND 90 BILLION DOLLARS IN SWIPE FEES, EVERY YEAR

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