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London, UK – 3rd March 2015 – MasterCard have partnered with wagamama to bring restaurant customers a more convenient, quicker and fuss-free way to pay for their meals via an app on their phone. The Qkr! app with MasterPassTM, will allow customers to pay their bill as and when ready and will offer the following benefits:

  • Convenience – Customers are in control of how and when they pay. If in a hurry they can pay as soon as they wish or when dining with friends or colleagues they can split the bill and pay.
  • Simplicity – The app is easy to download and customers can register with any payment card, not just a MasterCard.
  • Security – MasterCard processes 65,000 secure transactions a minute. Customers can be reassured their transaction will be safe and secure.

wagamama is the first restaurant or retailer to offer this new innovation in payments from MasterCard.  The app has gone through extensive testing to ensure customers can make faster and more convenient payments, whether on their own or in a group and is now available to use in 112 wagamama restaurants in the U.K.

Scott Abrahams, Group Head of Acceptance and Emerging Payments, MasterCard UK&I said: MasterCard is always striving to improve payment convenience and choice for consumers. Working with and listening to businesses like wagamama helps us design new secure payment options for consumers which meet the needs of their changing lifestyles. The benefits of this app aren’t exclusive or unique to wagamama’s customers and we are working with multiple restaurants and retailers so they can offer this payment option to their customers too.” 

Richard Tallboy, Director of Business Development, wagamama said:We know that the biggest area of feedback from restaurant customers is related to the speed and convenience of payment. The Qkr! with MasterPass payment app provides us with a great solution, allowing customers to control when they want to pay through a simple and secure download app. Whether they are having a quick bite at lunchtime and need to get back to work or are having dinner before a show, putting them in control of paying when they are ready makes for a more relaxing dining experience.” 

“We also know that customers come to wagamama with friends and family to enjoy dining in an informal environment. Qkr! with MasterPass offers our customers the ability to dine together but pay separately via the app, simplifying the experience.”

Qkr! with MasterPass app is now available for wagamama diners to download from the App Store or Google Play.

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Contacts:

Ked Mather, MasterCard UK&I kedesh_mather@mastercard.com+44 775 330 0375

James Thorpe, MasterCard UK&I james_thorpe@mastercard.com +44 7807 378 265

Richard Tallboy, wagamama richardt@wagamama.com+44 7825 570 325

Andre Johnstone, wagamama andre.johnstone@wagamama.com +447825 362 199

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About wagamama

wagamama is the uk’s leading pan-asian casual restaurant chain, wagamama, offers fresh japanese-inspired food in a friendly, vibrant setting. established in 1992, wagamama now operates in [16] countries around the world and its portfolio currently includes [112] restaurants in the uk, as well as [33] international restaurants.

Twitter @wagamama_uk