Southern California grocery 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 their iPhone or Apple Watch at checkout.


Ralphs’ acceptance of Apple Pay is noteworthy given that the Kroger chain’s parent company has largely refused to accept the payment method since its launch in 2014, despite repeated 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 that accepts Apple Pay is QFC in Northwest.

In a press release earlier this year, Apple said Apple Pay is accepted at more than 90 percent of US retailers, with some major acquirers 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 acceptance of Apple Pay to other grocery store banners within its portfolio and will update this story if we receive any additional information.

(Thanks Corey Keelan!)

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