Unattended Retail is a sector of the consumer markeplace that is growing exponentially – but that has not stopped Chronicle Live describing a store in Newcastle as ‘bizarre’.
The shop in question was, until recently, a convenience store, but it now remains open 24/7, providing a treasure trove of ‘packaged goods and ’emergency’ supplies’ in an Unattended Retail format.
Bizarre or not, the Chronicle reports that ‘many locals have also expressed delight at the new addition to the city centre.’
The cat was truly let out of the bag on Tik Tok. User @rebeebee18 shot the video, in which the ‘Geordie lass’ can barely contain her enthusiasm: ‘Hang on’, she says, ‘am I the only one in Newcastle that didn’t know about this? You can eat Mars bars and Monster Munch to your heart’s content. My mind is blown!’ And given the fact that she has 35,400 followers, it’s no wonder there’s a bit of a buzz. The video has had just under 64,000 views…
The Unattended Retail store is located in the heart of Newcastle’s night-time economy – just off the Bigg Market on Grainger Street, an area that is also home to a large student population.
As the Chronicle reported: ‘In the early hours of the morning, when all the shops are long closed but you’re in need of a midnight snack, some entertainment or a phone charger, where do you go?’
The time is fast approaching when retail outlets like this one will be opened without so much as a raised eyebrow – but for now, vending operators must be licking their lips at the opportunities that are opening up on UK high streets.
PS: I’ll tell you what’s really bizarre: According to Newcastle City Council, it’s unclear who owns the unit!
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