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Kwik Trip to Install 800 Bitcoin ATMs in Several States


u.today 17 May 2022 16:04, UTC
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Wisconsin-based convenience store Kwik Trip has announced a tie-up with Texas-based cryptocurrency firm Coinsource to install 800 Bitcoin ATMs.

Apart from Wisconsin, the aforementioned batch of Bitcoin kiosks will be installed in Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa. They will be placed in "convenient and easily accessible" locations.

The company charges its customers a hefty 11% fee.

Bitcoin ATMs typically charge much higher fees than ordinary cryptocurrency exchanges. However, they are fairly popular with those people who want to cash out their crypto without going through the KYC process.

The anonymity provided by Bitcoin kiosks also has its major downside since it attracts nefarious actors who launder their ill-gotten funds.

Dave Wagner, controller of Kwik Trip, claims that the ATM operator has "industry-leading" compliance.

Kwik Trip was founded all the way back in 1965. It expanded to Iowa in 1993.

The Zietlow family became the store's only owner in 2000.

By 2022, Kwik Trip has grown to 800 locations (all of them are privately owned).

Kwik Trip owns Karuba, a brand of in-store coffee, and Nature's Touch, a brand of bottled water, juice and daily products.

The growth of Bitcoin ATMs remains mainly limited to the U.S.

As reported by U.Today, the U.K. went as far as outright banning Bitcoin ATMs.

Although Bitcoin kiosks have so far failed to gain significant traction in Europe, their adoption still increased in some countries. Last month, Media-Markt, the number one electronics retailer in Europe, installed crypto ATMs at several branches in Austria after successfully conducting a trial.

Last year, American retail behemoth Walmart quietly rolled out 200 Bitcoin ATMs.

Cryptocurrency teller machines are also not limited to Bitcoin. Earlier this year, Bitcoin America, one of the top crypto ATM operators, added support for Shiba Inu and Dogecoin.

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