25 Vending Machines Await You, Billings, For Fast Snacks & Food
This week, a locally owned business in Billings is finally open, after a few months of delays... and this business is unique! (Finally... not ANOTHER coffee shop or place to buy alcohol)
Snacks and Snacks and Snacks!
Snack Time Market, at 1108 Broadwater Avenue, is located just to the left of the (now empty) Edible Arrangements building. Their parking lot offers plenty of parking, as this is not meant to be more than a 5-minute visit type of business.
(Note: The Street View image is from February 2022... so Snack Time Market is not on it yet)
Upon walking in yesterday, we were greeted by the owner of the new venture, Allan Ness, and he proceeded to explain everything to us... though it is quite a simple business plan.
- Setup Vending Machines with tasty offerings
- Make those vending machines accept ALL forms of payment.
- Cash, Coin, Card, Apple Pay, Google Pay, etc.
- Have Microwaves available to heat any items.
- ... Profit!
It's mind-blowingly simple, but a fantastic idea. He also owns other businesses in Billings, but decided to open this as a showcase of sorts on the technology, and what can be done with a limited staffing setup.
Coming soon is an industrial Keurig machine, allowing for instant hot water for noodles and such... and Ice Cream is also on the way. Ness said he has around 780 products in the machines for food, and will soon have around 360 drink products alone... all packed into these machines.
Want to see everything they have to offer? Here's my photo dump of EVERY vending machine available. (We down-scale images for the web, so I have labeled every image with details, as you can't really see)
Munchies, Gardettos, Fritos, Lays, Ruffles, Cheetos, Doritos, Baken-ets Chicharrones
Monster, Nos & Full Throttle Energy Drinks
Powerade & Vitamin Water
Monster & Reign Energy
Coke, Sprite, Dr Pepper, Fanta, Dasani
Beer Nuts, Planters Trail Mix, Western Trail Mixes, Giants Sunflower Seeds, Spitz Sunflower Seeds, Peanuts, Corn Nuts, Energy Bars, Chewy Bars, Nutri Grain Bars, Almonds, Pistachios, and more
Twizzlers, Life Savers, Hi-Chew, a FLOOD of gum options, Jelly Beans, Tic Tacs & Altoids
Pop Corners, Cheetos Pudds, Pork Rinds, Guac Chips, Bugles, Cheez-Its, Ruffles, Pretzels, Spicy Chips, Pringles, Chip Dips
Kettle Brand Chips, Cheetos, Funyuns, Lays, Doritos
Bugles, Smartfood Popcorn, Pretzels, Cookies, Peanut Butter Bites, Pringles, Chex Mix, Hello Panda Snacks, Lays, Ruffles, Candy Bars
Fancy Chocolates, More Candy Bars & Treats
7UP, Root Beer, Sunkist, Squirt
Gatorade, Juices, Aquafina Water
Pepsi, Mtn Dew
Rockstar Energy, Starbucks To Go, & Mtn Dew Energy
Ice Cream coming soon to this machine!!
Lunchables (With many more food options coming)
Hillshire Small Plates, Natural Oscar Meyer Small Plates, Pretzels (Made in North Dakota!), Skinny Pop, Fruit Snacks, Natural Bars, Protein Shakes, Combos, Pudding, Tuna, Pickles, Meat Sticks
Cookies, Nutty Bars, Lunchables, Sandwiches, Breakfast, Pastries, Proper Pretzels, Burritos, Mini Pizzas, Pies
Hostess Donettes, Ding Dongs, Zingers, Honey Buns, Coffee Cakes, Dainish, and more... Pies, Cookies, Twinkies, Moon Pies etc.
Wonka Nerds, Air Heads, Gummy Bears, Trolli, Novelty Gum and suckers, novelty candy bags, gummy burgers, gushers, Sour Patch Kids and more.
Starburst, Tootsie Rolls, Fruity Candies, etc.
Now THAT is a selection!
Check it out next time you are driving past, and think about the future. I can see these sorts of solutions popping up in more places... even Gas Stations... in the future. Only need someone to stock the items for sale... and a bit of security to keep things safe and sound.
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