Smith's Food and Drug

A customer walks into the store in March 2017 at Smith's in Burley.

SALT LAKE CITY — Planning to shop at Smith’s with a Visa credit card? Make new plans.

The grocery store chain’s parent company announced Friday that Smith’s Food and Drug stores will no longer accept Visa credit cards beginning April 3.

Visa charges the highest fees of any card Smith’s accepts, the Kroger Co. said in a statement.

“Visa has been misusing its position and charging retailers excessive fees for a long time,” said Mike Schlotman, Kroger’s executive vice president and CFO. “They conceal from customers what Visa and its banks charge retailers to accept Visa credit cards. At Smith’s, Visa’s credit card fees are higher than any other credit card brand that we accept. Visa’s excessive fees and unfairness cannot continue to go unchecked.”

Kroger’s Food Co. Supermarkets in California stopped accepting Visa credit cards in August. Other Kroger stores, including Fred Meyer, will continue to accept the cards, the company said.

Smith’s will continue to accept other forms of payment, including Visa debit cards with and without a PIN.

Smith’s has four stores in Idaho, including one in Twin Falls and one in Burley. In total, it operates 142 retail food stores and 108 fuel centers in Arizona, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.

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