Kroger 'prepared' to expand visa credit card ban; metro Detroit shoppers react

Posted at 6:39 PM, Aug 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-02 08:25:14-04

A potential ban on visa credit cards at Kroger grocery stores was met with mixed reaction today in metro Detroit. 

On Monday, Kroger subsidiary, Foods Co., said 21 supermarkets and five gas stations in California wouldn't accept visa credit cards starting Aug. 14. 

The decision, they said, was made in order to save on high fees the grocer has to fork over when shoppers swipe their cards. 

But many reacted today to a separate report from Bloomberg with a spokesperson who said Kroger was prepared to expand that ban to other stories to keep Visa’s high costs in check. 

Kroger spokeswoman Laura Hurst said, "As we redefine the grocery customer experience, we are always looking for partnerships that create customer value. At this time, our Kroger consisting of 122 stores in Michigan, continue to accept Visa Credit."

Visa argues that when consumer choice is limited, nobody wins. And they say they’re committed to working with Kroger to find a reasonable solution.