The new location features an integrated security solution to safeguard customers and enable franchise owners to manage their operations remotely. It includes surveillance coverage, custom access control, remote control, and analytics designed to assist staff in inventory management and other business operations.
“These are hyper-urban grocery stores, and—given today’s busy lifestyle—people appreciate having this kind of safe and secure convenience in their neighborhood or right in the building where they live,” John Douang, co-founder and CEO of Aisle 24. “By emphasizing safety and security while accumulating business intelligence, we’re offering franchise owners the ability to monetize empty space and build a profitable business that places far fewer demands on their time than running a traditional grocery store.”
Entering an Aisle 24 store is completely touchless. Customers can open the app on their smartphone as they approach the Bluetooth-enabled 2N intercom at the store door, which then displays an “unlock” message and releases the door. Once inside, they can load their cart and then self-checkout at the registration kiosk.
Currently, the company has 16 locations in Ontario and Quebec, with plans to launch at least 40 more stores in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, and Halifax by the end of the year. In the future, Aisle 24 plans to continue expanding its stores across Canada, as well as the United States, South America, and parts of Europe and Asia.