Fifth Third Bancorp's transaction processing unit, Midwest Payment Systems, has won a contract to process debit and electronic benefits transfer transactions for Eckerd drug stores of Largo, Fla.

"Eckerd needed a reliable processor," said John Simmons, Eckerd's vice president and controller. "MPS offers us a single processing source. It is certified with every major regional and national debit network, as well as the three major third-party EBT providers."

Eckerd, with 2,700 stores in the Southeast, was bought by J.C. Penney Co. last year.

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