Vending machine replaces village store

March 26, 2014

Villagers across the UK  which have lost their village stores, no longer have to drive miles for basics:

Milk, bread, toilet roll and even eggs are being sold from a large vending machine in a Derbyshire village after its only store closed 13 years ago.

The Speedy Shop, in a pub car park in Clifton, near Ashbourne, sells more than 80 products.

Peter Fox, who has submitted a patent application for his invention, said it was “not just a business”, but an idea that could serve the community.

The automatic village shop sends an email when stock is running low.

Mr Fox, 50, said the design was “completely different” to a standard vending machine.

“Instead of having a machine which is a certain design and therefore things have to fit in it… we’ve designed the machine around the product,” he said. . .

When there’s a gap in the market, someone with ingenuity will find a way to fill it.

It’s happened in New Zealand where self-service fuel stops where you can pay by card which have sprung up where petrol stations closed in rural towns.

There’s an opportunity for Speedy Shops here too.


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