Don’t try paying with a check at Whole Foods
It may sometimes seem as though it takes your whole paycheck to shop at Whole Foods, but don’t plan to pay for your organic groceries with a personal check because the chain isn’t accepting them.
It has actually been several years since Whole Foods began saying no to payment by check, but an expansion of the policy to include stores in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas caught the attention of media outlets in those states.
"Most of our regions no longer accept personal checks, but the Southwest is not the last one to make the transition," Lindsay Robison, a Whole Foods spokesperson told The Dallas Morning News. "By accepting only electronic payments and cash, we will reduce wait times in line."
Fewer consumers today use personal checks for payment in retail stores, preferring the convenience and perks associated with using debit or credit cards. According to the 2013 Federal Reserve Payments Study, the number of checks written between 2009 and 2012 declined by 9.2 percent annually.
- Whole Foods Market is latest retailer to reject checks – The Dallas Morning News
- Oklahoma City grocery store to stop accepting checks – KOCO.com
- The 2013 Federal Reserve Payments Study – Federal Reserve System
- Whole Foods stores stop accepting checks (2011) – News & Observer
Is there a compelling reason for some retailers to continue accepting personal checks as payment? Do you think paper checks will end as a form of payment at retail in the near future?