Buoyed by the success of its debit-card trial program at two Orange County supermarkets, Lucky Stores Inc. is expanding the pilot program to four more outlets, a spokeswoman said Monday.
Lucky and Wells Fargo Bank are co-sponsoring the program with International Business Machines Inc., which developed the debit-card processing machines. All four supermarkets to be added to the program are in parts of Orange County that have high concentrations of Wells Fargo Bank customers.
Lucky officials would not divulge details of the findings of its study of the three-month debit card program, but a spokeswoman for the company said customer use and acceptance of the special automated-teller machines in markets "has been very favorable, and Lucky is very pleased."
The first machines were installed by IBM at Lucky markets in Orange and Anaheim last Nov. 1. Check-out stands at stores in Tustin, San Clemente, Laguna Hills and Anaheim Hills are to be equipped with the automated tellers in late March, according to the spokeswoman for the Dublin, Calif.-based supermarket and retail chain.