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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.

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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!)

Article Link: Kroger Begins Accepting Apple Pay at All Ralphs Grocery Stores in California
 
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Justin Cymbal

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Awesome

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
 
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orangeadrenaline

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I don’t mind Kroger Pay. It applies my loyalty card and payment at one time. Force Touch the app > Kroger Pay for quick access.
 

Born Again

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Remember when Macrumors users wouldn’t shop at stores without Apple Pay but still shop at stores without applepay?

Pepperidge Farms remembers..
 

oldMacGenius

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Why not just do this at all California Kroger-owned properties? No Ralph’s in the San Francisco Bay Area… but if Kroger could get around to adding Pay to FoodsCo at some point in the near future, we’ll have all California’s stores covered. The Albertson’s owned stores - Safeway and Vons - have had Pay for years now.

Pay is great for those times when I fail to bring cash with me. I only use electronic payments if I must, as I don’t like to be a trail of analytics data for a bank to mine continuously. Data-wise, the bare minimum is still too much to share even with Pay - where I shop, what day and time, what I spend, how frequently. If they want this information they need to pay me for it!
 

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Why not just do this at all California Kroger-owned properties? No Ralph’s in the San Francisco Bay Area… but if Kroger could get around to adding Pay to FoodsCo at some point in the near future, we’ll have all California’s stores covered. The Albertson’s owned stores - Safeway and Vons - have had Pay for years now.

Pay is great for those times when I fail to bring cash with me. I only use electronic payments if I must, as I don’t like to be a trail of analytics data for a bank to mine continuously. Data-wise, the bare minimum is still too much to share even with Pay - where I shop, what day and time, what I spend, how frequently. If they want this information they need to pay me for it!
I haven't been to QuikStop for a while, but I'm wondering if they and Food4Less are using Apple Pay. I've been surprised that Kroger didn't have a Ralphs-style supermarket in NorCal, even though Food4Less is here. Now that Kroger is buying Albertsons that owns Safeway, I suppose that's been accomplished.
 
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