Vending Machine Grocery Store Planned For Des Moines, IA

June 16, 2015

A vending machine-type grocery store will soon be up and running in Des Moines, IA, according to The Des Moines Register. The automated machine, which is part of an experiment to bring healthy, convenient food to areas of Des Moines, will offer up to 200 items including fresh produce, bread, milk, eggs and toiletries in a convenient location.

The source reports that with proper approval, the 260-square-foot automated store will be up and running by August and reside in a parking lot off of Carpenter Ave. The unit will be bulletproof and protected by cameras. The source also reports the machine will accept cash, credit, debit or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program cards.

In 2014 the Community Foundation for Greater Des Moines awarded $30,000 to Robotics Retails, a collaboration between Eat Greater Des Moines and Oasis24seven.