Aramark’s Autonomous C-Store Opens to Public

QuickEats Close Convenience provides frictionless shopping for a California community.

July 17, 2020

SANTA ANA, Calif.—Greenwood & McKenzie’s luxury apartment community, Nineteen01, has opened Southern California’s first autonomous store, QuickEats Close Convenience from Aramark, to the general public.

QuickEats Close Convenience uses computer vision cameras and sensors to create a fully automated, frictionless, self-guided shopping experience. Shoppers simply download the QuickEats Close Convenience app, scan the app at the store entrance and conduct their shopping. As customers grab items off the shelves, they are added to the app’s shopping cart. When customers finish shopping, they simply exit the store. Shoppers are charged the total amount to their digital wallet and receive an emailed receipt—no checkout lines, no payment terminals, no hassle.

“We first launched QuickEats in March for our tenants at Nineteen01, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Greenwood & McKenzie General Partner Jim McKenzie, in a press release. “Our tenants were able to social distance while buying necessities without having to leave the property.”

Aramark developed QuickEats Close Convenience. “In today's environment, QuickEats Close Convenience offers customers a truly autonomous shopping experience that is safe, convenient and contactless, simply by downloading the app and swiping their smart phone,” said Gary Crompton, president of Aramark Business Dining, in a press release.

The convenience store features a variety of fresh and specialty items, such as Pressed Juicery juices, coconut water, grab-and-go sandwiches, cheese plates, fruit and assorted beverages. In addition, it offers household items like cleaning products, toilet paper, dog food and other goods.