Payments Platform Sunday Fuels Growth With Acquisition of CHK PLZ

The new acquisition expands sunday’s North American footprint.

Written by Ashley Bowden
Published on Oct. 20, 2021
Payments Platform Sunday Fuels Growth With Acquisition of CHK PLZ
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The CHK PLZ team. | Photo: sunday

Offering a modern solution to an age-old process, hospitality payments platform sunday works to make dining out a seamless experience for restaurants and customers alike. The company recently announced plans to expand its solution to more geographies across the globe, and with its latest development, sunday is making good on its promise. 

The company announced on Wednesday the completion of its acquisition of Montreal-based CHK PLZ. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Sunday, a U.S.-based company with offices in Atlanta, Paris and London, operates a web-based payments platform that enables users to scan a QR code to pay their check at restaurants. Its solution has been adopted by over 1,500 restaurants and has helped over 1.1 million users pay their bill in as little as 10 seconds, according to the company. Restaurants see benefits like 10 percent faster table turnovers with sunday’s tech, though its perks extend into more aspects of a business as well.

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“Sunday’s tech is POS agnostic, meaning it does not lock in a restaurant to a payment system,” Christine de Wendel, sunday co-founder and U.S. CEO, told Built In over email. “They have lower processing fees than the traditional vendors and implement more of an open-ended ecosystem, while some of our competitors are more of a closed-ended ecosystem. This allows for more ERP (enterprise resource planning) integrations and overall is more affordable for restaurants to transition onto our system.” 

Like sunday, CHK PLZ works toward a goal of helping restaurants increase their efficiency, drive up sales and improve the overall dining experience for customers. Having served more than 300 restaurants across Quebec, the startup offers tools to help businesses fulfill delivery orders, support online orders, as well as allow customers to both order and pay at their table without contacting waitstaff. By integrating with sunday, the combined company’s platform will include all of these capabilities. 

The acquisition does more than expand the company’s tech. Following sunday’s Series A round just last month, the company is expanding its global footprint. CHK PLZ will be fully integrated into sunday as the company’s Canadian team, bringing its total global headcount to about 200 people, according to de Wendel. Sunday previously spoke of plans to grow its headcount to 300 within the next year, and still lists several open positions for U.S.-based roles in Atlanta. 

“The CHK PLZ acquisition continues our rapid North American growth by giving us a strong presence all throughout Canada,” de Wendel said. “Sunday continues to focus on not only expanding our presence with restaurants and vendors but is prioritizing on building up even further our own internal team to meet both current and future market demand.” 

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