Whole Foods latest retailer to stop accepting checks

As of Sept. 1, all Whole Foods stores outside of the Southwest will no longer accept checks as a form of customer payment. As the number of checks written declined 10 percent annually from 2009 to 2012, retailers began banning the payment method in a move to render it obsolete. Most consumers reportedly prefer the convenience, rewards and cash back programs that come with credit and debit card payments. Story