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TAYLORSVILLE, Utah -- The Fairstone at Riverview apartment complex is getting another amenity to add to its list: Shop24 Global's robotic convenience store is moving in.
When completed, it will be one of the first automated c-stores in an apartment complex in the world and also the first one to set up shop in Utah. Located right outside Salt Lake City, the Fairstone at Riverview Shop24 store will be owned and operated by long-time convenience store veteran Tony Trotter, according to VendingMarketwatch.com.
"We are extremely proud to be serving such an incredible community as Fairstone at Riverview, as well as helping their residents and families to have many of their favorite items closer and faster than ever before," Andrew Heflich, regional vice president of Shop 24 Global, said in a prepared statement. "This is only the first one to go in with this group, and they plan to place additional stores both in Salt Lake City as well as properties in Phoenix. It's definitely what the residents want and need."
Shop24 rose to popularity in Europe and entered the U.S. market in 2005, as CSNews Online previously reported. To date, the Columbus, Ohio-headquartered company has automated convenience stores in more than 250 locations in 15 countries.
Consumers are able to create a "shopping list" and purchase products either with cash or credit and debit cards by entering the product code on an interactive screen. A robotic arm collects the product and delivers it to the "take-out" gate within 20 seconds. Shop24's product offerings include fresh and chilled products, along with other prepackaged grocery and convenience products -- all displayed behind safety glass.