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Subway app to accept PayPal

By year’s end, users of Subway’s mobile app will have the option to pay for their orders using PayPal, the sandwich chain announced Wednesday.

Subway is the online-payment platform’s first customer acquired through its April purchase of Paydiant, the company responsible for building Subway’s mobile app that was released earlier this year. It’s “fitting” that one of the first outcomes of the acquisition is signing a deal with Subway, Paydiant said in a news release.

"We look forward to introducing PayPal to our future list of payment options," said Ken Moy, Subway’s director of global payments and emerging commerce. "This collaboration will make it quicker and simpler for the 169 million active, global PayPal customers to enjoy a great Subway meal at our more than 27,000 locations in the U.S."

While PayPal is a widely accepted payment provider in the e-commerce space, it has just in the last few years made its way into brick-and-mortar restaurants and retailers. Last year, PayPal announced that it would be a payment option for Burger King’s mobile app, and frequent Starbucks customers have the ability to reload their Starbucks Card funds using PayPal.

When the functionality rolls out, customers will also be able to use PayPal when placing an order through Subway’s website.

"As part of our continued commitment to improve, we knew that offering online and mobile tools to our busy customers was critical to ensuring they cannot only eat fresh; but fast," said Carman Wenkoff, chief information officer for Subway. "We are excited to launch our new ordering platforms and will continue to look for new ways to improve the Subway experience."

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