Smith’s accepting Visa credit cards again, reversing prior ban

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Smith’s grocery stores have resumed accepting Visa credit cards. They did not specify the reason why they are reversing an earlier decision to not accept the credit card.

Smith’s stopped accepting Visa in April citing excessive fees from the credit card company. The move was criticized by shoppers who were forced to change the way they shop, but not anymore.

Smith’s website has a banner announcing the change of policy and signs outside the stores and by cash registers inform customers of the revision.

The change comes after the parent company, Kroger, ends a year-long feud with Visa Credit Cards. The company originally claimed excessive fees from Visa, which led to the decision to ban the credit card. No specific reason was given about the reverse fro the earlier modification.

“Kroger now accepts Visa credit cards at all our family of stores, including Smith’s and Foods Co.,” a spokesperson for Kroger said in an email, declining to elaborate further. 

The original ban at Smith’s impacted more than 140 Smith’s food and drug stores and 108 fuel centers in seven states.

Visa’s fees are reportedly one of the highest among credit card companies.

Smith’s does allow other forms of payment, but customers missed certain benefits with their Visa credit cards, such as miles or points. Needless to say, they’re happy with the reversal.

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Kroger is the largest supermarket chain in the nation.

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