Automated shop for villagers who lost their local stores

Clifton Vending ShopAn 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 this week 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.

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.  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”.  Mr Fox said tinned vegetables, milk and bread have been popular with customers.