First Shop24 on Long Island Opens at SUNY Old Westbury

Published in CSP Daily News

Automated convenience store offers up to 200 items

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. -- Student cravings for late night snacks, weekend munchies and between-semester meals can now be satisfied with the recent arrival of Shop 24 this fall on the campus of SUNY College at Old Westbury. In addition to nationally branded and freshly made products, Shop24 will provide customers with home goods and health and beauty aids.

The Old Westbury Shop24, a self-contained, totally automated and refrigerated convenience store is the first of its kind on Long Island. Located near both the College's new Academic Building and the Woodlands Residence Halls, Shop24 carries up to 200 items including cleaning supplies and large packaged goods.

"Our college is continually looking for new, improved and innovative ways to meet the expectations of our students," said president Calvin O. Butts III. "With access 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Shop24 will give our residential students a safe and convenient alternative to leaving campus late at night to make those much needed purchases."

Operated by the College at Old Westbury Auxiliary Service Corp. and managed by Canteen, the Shop24 accepts cash, credit and debit cards. Starting in Fall 2013 the Shop24 will accept Panther Bucks (students' flex-dollars which can be used at local retail establishments). Official are planning a grand opening for early fall 2013, at which the unit will vend promotional items and free products to participants.

For a Shop24 purchase, the customer selects an item, a robotic arm moves through a maze of products and retrieves the selected merchandise. A customer can purchase up to seven items at a time, and will be provided a receipt when finished. Shop24 meets all United States federal and state regulations, requirements and standards for retail operation and is ADA compliant.

"We've worked for years to bring this cutting-edge convenience store to our campus. I want to thank Dr. Butts and the ASC board of directors for supporting us in this endeavor," said Arthur Angst, president of the ASC. "With the diligent efforts of Ms. Cora Day, the ASC's executive manager, and Mr. Len Davis, the board's treasurer, we were able to make it happen. We're thrilled to finally have Shop24 on campus."

Located on the historic North Shore of New York's Long Island, the State University of New York College at Old Westbury is a public liberal arts college with more than 4,400 students studying in more than 40 undergraduate degree opportunities in its liberal arts and professional programs and 15 graduate programs in business, education and mental health counseling.

Westerville, Ohio-based Shop24 Global LLC offers a self-contained, totally automated and refrigerated convenience store designed to enable 24/7 accessible consumer purchasing in a well-lit, security camera-monitored environment. A Shop24 can be placed outdoors or indoors.