A new contactless grocery shop is open for business near East Croydon Station.

The new Amazon Fresh store launched on Tuesday and is the 18th branch from the American retail giant in London.

Plans for the new store in Ruskin Square were approved by Croydon Council in April 2022. 

The shop is in the ground floor of one of the new buildings and will be open from 7am until 11pm every day.

After scanning a QR code on the way in, shoppers can pick up items and walk out of the store without having to pay at a till.

Technology is used to identify what items customers have taken from the shelves and they are then charged through the Amazon mobile phone app on their way out.

Although nobody is needed to work at the till, the company did advertise for two retail associates and a lead retail associate in May 2022.

The job includes helping customers, restocking the shop, cleaning, preparing and packaging food.

It involves weekends and says employees need GCSE-level qualifications – but preferred qualifications include a bachelor’s degree. There was indication of the salary on offer.

In a statement, the company said: “Amazon Fresh store opens in Croydon.

"The store offers everything you’d want from your local convenience grocery store, including fresh meat, poultry and fish, dairy, fruit and veg, bakery and more.

“There will also be hot food throughout the day and tasty on-the-go meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

"With no queuing and more ways to pay, Amazon Fresh Croydon offers customers simple, speedy shopping.”