Kroger Begins Accepting Apple Pay at All Ralphs Grocery Stores in California

Southern California grocery store chain Ralphs today began accepting Apple Pay at all of its 184 locations across the state, according to a company spokesperson, allowing customers to easily pay with an iPhone or Apple Watch at checkout.

Apple Pay Feature
Ralphs accepting Apple Pay is notable given that the chain's parent company Kroger has largely refused to accept the payment method since it launched in 2014, despite frequent customer requests. The company instead offers its own service called Kroger Pay, which allows customers to scan a QR code at checkout to pay with a card stored in the Kroger app. The only other Kroger subsidiary to accept Apple Pay is QFC in the Northwest.

In a press release earlier this year, Apple said that Apple Pay is accepted at more than 90 percent of U.S. retailers, with some major holdouts including Walmart, The Home Depot, Lowe's, and Kroger. We've reached out to Kroger to see if the company has any plans to expand Apple Pay acceptance to other grocery store banners within its portfolio and we will update this story if we receive any additional information.

Update: Kroger has also started accepting Apple Pay at its King Soopers locations in Colorado and Wyoming, according to a spokesperson.

(Thanks, Corey Kielan!)

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Top Rated Comments

Coffee50 Avatar
8 months ago
Finally!!! They can finally take down the “No Apple Pay” signs at the registers!
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Alan Wynn Avatar
8 months ago
Well, I can go back to shopping there. Had been using only CostCo, Sprouts, Target and Vons. Now if either Home Depot or Lowes would add it, I would not have carry my wallet any where I go regularly.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ariusbb Avatar
8 months ago
.... Europeans looking at this puzzled ....
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WilliApple Avatar
8 months ago
They said they would eventually do this.

Hope they bring it all Kroger chains like King Soopers.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Justin Cymbal Avatar
8 months ago

I go to Kroger a lot when I travel to National Parks out west

We don’t have Kroger grocery stores here in the Greater Boston area but I’m glad that I’ll be able to use Apple Pay the next time that I go to a Ralphs in California

Hopefully Kroger sees how successful this is and eventually adds Apple Pay to all of their grocery stores in the future
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
No5tromo Avatar
8 months ago
I have no idea what is going in the US with Apple Pay and why it is being enabled business by business. I've been using Apple Pay exclusively for the last 2 years and the retailers have not even got the option to block it, all credit card terminals are equipped with NFC and that's the one and only prerequisite (that and having linked Apple Pay with a valid Visa or Mastercard)
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)