The idea of paying using your phone may be exciting, but that's all it will ever be until more stores start playing along. Today Rite Aid announced that you will soon be able to add its nearly 4600 stores to the list. Starting August 15th, it will accept Google Wallet NFC payments in stores. It will also take tap and pay credit cards.

That's right, it'll be like you're shopping at Walgreens. Remember when Android users got to first play around with mobile payments in 2011?

This news comes after Rite Aid previously stopped accepting Google Wallet and threw its weight behind CurrentC, a mobile payments system that retailers liked the idea of more than consumers. Since that didn't go over so well, it looks like Rite Aid is ready to play nice again. Money is money, after all.

Because Google is Google, a new way to use your phone to buy things is in the works. But while Android Pay is coming soon, it isn't here yet. When that time comes, Rite Aid says it will support that as well.

Press Release

Rite Aid Stores Nationwide to Begin Accepting Mobile Payments August 15

CAMP HILL, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Rite Aid announced today that all of the Company’s nearly 4,600 stores nationwide will begin accepting mobile payments, including Apple PayTM and Google Wallet TM, starting Saturday, August 15. The Company will also accept Google’s forthcoming Android Pay TM. Additionally, all Rite Aid stores will also accept tap and pay credit and debit cards.

“Increasingly, consumers are actively seeking out and incorporating mobile technology into many facets of their life, including their shopping and purchasing decisions”
“Increasingly, consumers are actively seeking out and incorporating mobile technology into many facets of their life, including their shopping and purchasing decisions,” said Ken Martindale, CEO of Rite Aid stores and president of Rite Aid Corporation. “By accepting mobile payments, we’re able to offer Rite Aid customers an easy and convenient checkout process, which we know is important to them. Investing in mobile technologies is just one piece of Rite Aid’s evolving digital strategy and we will continue to explore, test and implement innovative technologies that will help us to better serve our valued customers.”

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation's leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2015 annual revenues of $26.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company's website at www.riteaid.com.

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