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Reading-based architect designs ALDI's first checkout free store

By Harry Whittle
25 January 2022

ALDI 'checkout-free' store, which was designed by a Reading architect, has opened in London.

The Harris Partnership was behind the design of the ‘just walk out’ store in Greenwich which has no cashiers and allows customers to shop via an app.

A network of cameras registers products as they are picked up and charges customers when the leave the store through the ALDI Shop&Go app.

Iain Church, Director at THP says “We are proud to have worked with ALDI on the first Shop&Go store in Greenwich and look forward to seeing how these new technologies can drive and shape the modern-day shopping model. THP have an unrivalled range of innovative retail, residential and educational projects throughout the country, and this positive experience only adds to our diverse portfolio.”

The store had been under a rigorous testing regime with employees for the past few months before launching their public trial last week.

Lewis Esparon, store manager, said: “I cannot wait to show customers our new Aldi Shop&Go store.

“We have been working towards this day for several months now so it will be great to see how our customers react to the new technology.

“For us, steps like this are always about improving the customer experience and the whole team are looking forward to being on-hand and ready to help to ensure that experience is as smooth as ever.”

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