Kroger Installs Automated C-store in Ohio

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Kroger Installs Automated C-store in Ohio

06/19/2007
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A Kroger supermarket location here installed Shop24, an automated convenience store machine made by Boston-based Service America Group that will provide more than 150 products varying from drinks to pain relievers, according to a report on local television station WCMH.

The machine will accept credit cards, coins and cash, according to the report.

"Product falls into a soft basket. The basket goes into a delivery bin, drops it in and it comes out the front," said Tom Riske, an installer.

The machine, which is being used in Europe, is the second in the U.S. The first machine is located in Morrisville, N.Y., according to the report.

Marc Bruno, president of Service America Group, confirmed the machine was a Shop 24 model in an amonline.com report.

Workers are still programming the machine, and it isn't fully stocked yet, but Kroger hopes to have a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 25, WCMH reported.

Kroger officials have not released plans on any future locations, according to the report.