Short Answer: Kroger grocery stores generally stop selling alcohol after 2 a.m., though the policy varies by location. Kroger adheres to local laws regarding alcohol sales and, depending on the laws in your state, may have shorter liquor sale hours on weekends. Below, we have the details of when Kroger stops selling alcohol, where you can find a Kroger store that sells alcohol near you, and more.
What Time Does Kroger’s Liquor Store Close?
Most Kroger grocery stores have adult beverage departments that offer a variety of beers, wines, and liquors. The times that Kroger stores stop selling alcohol vary depending on state laws and the hours of operation for each store.
Typically, Kroger stores are open either 24 hours or from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. Stores that close at 1 a.m. or earlier will usually sell alcohol until closing, while 24-hour Kroger stores generally stop selling alcohol at 2 a.m. — except where prohibited by state law.
We contacted store associates at several Kroger locations across the country to confirm this information. The 2 a.m. cutoff is adhered to even in states where alcohol sales are either permitted 24 hours a day or not regulated by the state, such as in Louisiana. (We have information on each state’s alcohol laws in our article on alcohol return policies.)
Weekend Alcohol Sales at Kroger
Some states require that grocery stores like Kroger limit alcohol sales on Sundays. Kroger stores in these states will sell alcohol until closing or 2 a.m. during the week but will stop selling alcohol at an earlier time on weekends. Stores in areas that restrict Sunday sales typically adhere to the following weekend schedule:
- Alcohol will not be available for purchase after around 11 p.m. on Saturday nights
- Alcohol sales will resume mid-day on Sundays — usually between 10 a.m. and noon
- Alcohol sales will end at the state-mandated time on Sunday evening — usually between 8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
Keep in mind, alcohol regulations vary by state, so the hours at your local store may not precisely match the weekend schedule listed here. It is best to call your local store for its exact weekend hours for alcohol sales.
Kroger-Owned Grocery Stores
Kroger is the largest supermarket chain in the United States, with more than 2,700 stores in 35 states under a variety of brands. All of Kroger’s supermarket brands adhere to local laws regarding alcohol sales. Kroger-owned store brands that sell alcohol include: