Short Answer: You can buy newspapers at many grocery stores, book stores, convenience stores, and gas stations. For the list of stores that sell newspapers — plus whether you can get them for free and the places that don’t sell them — see below.
Where to Buy Newspapers
Though the news is readily accessible online, there are many reasons you may want to buy a physical newspaper — as a memento of a significant event, for the coupons, to support your local journalists, or just because you prefer to read the news in print. To compile the list of the places that sell newspapers, we contacted each retailer’s customer service department, as well as store locations in various parts of the U.S.
Note that while all of the locations we called said that they do sell newspapers, availability (including which newspapers they stock) will vary by store. The following places sell newspapers:
- Barnes & Noble
- Circle K
- Dollar General
- Dollar Tree
- Family Dollar
- Giant Food Stores
- Piggly Wiggly
- Rite Aid
Can You Get a Newspaper for Free?
While most newspapers do cost money, there are places where you can read them for free. Local public and college/university libraries often have reading copies of major regional and national newspapers available. Additionally, some coffee shops keep copies on hand for customers to read. For more options, see our research on where to get free newspapers.
Some newspapers also offer all of their editions for free. These are not major newspapers like the New York Times or Wall Street Journal; they are usually weekly newspapers or local newsletters written for a specific community. Examples include Detroit Metro Times, an alternative newspaper published weekly, and El Mundo, a Spanish-language newspaper based in Texas. You can usually find these for free at the same stores that sell newspapers, plus at some locally-owned stores or restaurants.
Places That Do Not Sell Newspapers
In the course of our research, we found that the following stores typically do not sell newspapers:
- Sam’s Club
- Starbucks (Note: Starbucks previously sold newspapers but discontinued this in 2019.)