Automated shop for villagers

An engineer has designed the UK’s first automated shop, allowing villagers who have lost their local store to stock up on provisions again.

Electrical engineer Peter Fox spent two-and-a-half years honing the shop – which he describes as a ‘giant vending machine’ – before it was installed outside a pub in Clifton, near Ashbourne in Derbyshire.

Residents can use cash or credit cards to buy milk, eggs, toiletries, kitchen essentials, pet food and even umbrellas and the machine will send out an email when its stock levels are getting low.

The stores, which will be introduced to other villages in the area in the coming months, herald a return to convenience shopping for people in rural communities who have lost their local shop.

Peter Fox said “I had this idea a few years ago but I couldn’t find a manufacturer who could deliver what I wanted, so I rolled up my sleeves and did it myself.”


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