John Lewis trials cheque banThree month trial in Bristol and Edinburgh

12 February 2008

Signing cheque

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Department store group John Lewis is the latest major high street chain to signal it may phase out cheques as a method of payment.

The chain has announced it’s launching a trial at stores in Edinburgh and Cribbs Causeway in Bristol.

From Monday, 25 February, the two stores will accept only cash and card payments and John Lewis has said it will evaluate the trial after 12 weeks.

Cheque use declining

John Lewis Customer Service Manager Andrew McMillan said: ‘We have undertaken customer research and have found that cheques have been declining in both usage and importance for some time.

‘We are keen to take this opportunity to see if customers appreciate the faster service at the tills that we will be able to provide if we are only processing cash and card payments.'

Many major UK stores have already stopped accepting cheques.

Major stores

Boots, Next, Shell garages, Currys, PC World , Sainsbury's, Morrisons and Asda have banned cheques as a method of payment.

Tesco is also set to ditch cheques at all its 2,000 stores from 25 February. 

Marks & Spencer (M&S) will stop accepting cheques in its stores from 1 March.