A new vending machine at Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station that serves “gourmet pizza” in only four minutes is just one of several new “never before seen” vending machines to be installed at the station.
The machine popped up in front of a closed health foods store on the station’s top-level last Thursday and has been installed in between two temporary hoarding walls.
Automated retail group Me Group owns the machine and says it can simultaneously make four ready-to-eat pizzas in under five minutes.
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“As far as I am aware, this is the first and currently the only pizza vending machine ready to go in the country,” manager directing of Me Group Australia Raf Bartkowksi told 7NEWS.com.au.
“It’s an exciting addition to our lineup of vending machines.”
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Me Group has installed 600 of the pizza vending machines across Europe and Japan and Bartkowksi said the company has “ambitious plans” to deploy more in Australia.
While the machine cannot be used yet, Bartkowksi said it would be operational next week.
Another unique vending machine — in this case selling dog treats from Australian brand Chewy Chews — has also popped up next door in front of a closed Amcal pharmacy.
A spokesperson from the company told 7NEWS.com.au the position of the machine isn’t permanent, but rather will remain its home for the next three to six months.
“The machine is sitting in an inset in front of the Retail Pod (Amcal) and we will be putting Chewy Chews branding on the inset to create a ‘shopfront’ look for our vending machine,” the spokesperson said.
Two two vending machines have popped up in front of vacant shop fronts at Southern Cross Station, with more on the way. Credit: 7NEWS.com.au
Three other hoarding walls with space for a vending machine have popped up in front of other vacant shopfronts nearby.
Southern Cross Station commercial manager Amity Patten told 7NEWS.com.au the vending machines were not replacing traditional retail stores, but rather are there to provide a “point of interest” while new tenants are found.
“The hoarding at Southern Cross Station was installed to provide a screen for empty tenancies while we contract new tenants,” she said.
“The hoarding and vending pop up will enable new tenants to ready their stores for opening, while providing an engaging, sometimes ‘never before seen’ activity for commuters.”
Three additional hoarding walls with room for a vending machine have been set up outside vacant shop fronts. Credit: 7NEWS.com.au
She said the vending machines are temporary and will “pop up around the station as needed”.
“(The machines) will be completely unique to Southern Cross station,” she said.
Other vending machines to be installed at the station include Japanese toy machine Gacha Gacha, a Monster beverages machine and one that sells Pokémon, NBA and Marvel cards.
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