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McColl's completes contactless payments roll-out

Convenience retail chain McColl's has announced that contactless payment is now available across its entire estate of 1,366 stores.

Shoppers can now pay for their goods with NFC-enabled cards or mobile devices, following a project that started in August 2016 and saw stores upgrade their technology at a rate of 100 stores a week.

UK consumers spent a total of £2.3 billion in August 2016 using a contactless card, according to the UK Cards Association, representing an increase of 270% year on year. Last week saw the UK's second largest grocer, Sainsbury's, start the roll-out of contactless technology in its Local stores – after competitors such as Tesco, Co-op, Lidl and Morrisons have offered the payment method for some time.

Dave Thomas, chief operating officer of McColl's, commented: "In an increasingly digital retail environment, we wanted to offer our customers the option of contactless payment, and we are delighted by the response, with a third of all credit card transactions already coming via this method in our stores."