Toronto just got self-serve 24 hour convenience stores with no employees
24-hour convenience stores with no employees are the latest thing in self-serve shopping, and they've now been popping up in Toronto thanks to a local company called Aisle 24.
Founded in 2015, they launched their first cashierless store (which just so happened to be the first in Canada) at Centennial Place student residence in partnership with Knightstone Capital and Centennial College.
They're now opening other stores in the city including a location in the Canary District, Liberty Village, Leslie and Sheppard, and Yonge and Queens Quay.
"We have plans to expand into British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick over the next two years," Aisle 24 co-founder and CEO John Douang tells blogTO.
They're also planning on opening stores at 11 Tippett Rd. and 25 Ordnance St. around December 2021, and locations at 283 Adelaide St. W., 85 Silver Springs Blvd. and 5475 Dundas St. W. around January or February 2022.
Shopping in the store works by using an app. You need to first download and create an account in the app which will then let you unlock the door to the store.
Security systems in place are intended to discourage theft and track inventory.
Digital tags on each product show prices and you pay for eveything just like you would at any self-serve station like you'd find at Loblaws or Shoppers Drug Mart.
Stock is similar to an average convenience store with some fresh and prepared foods, snack food, health products, baked goods, deli items, produce, frozen foods, household items and beverages.
Their site also boasts it could take as little as six weeks to open an Aisle 24 of your own.
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