Machines Offered Early Convenience -night convenience stores still years away, Grand Union, in a quirky display of forward-mindedness, established a row of vending machines across the front of its headquarter's market in Paterson, N.J., in the mid-1950s. The machines went beyond carrying products that were normally vended and included meat, fish and dairy products. The vending machines operated 24 hours a day with price listings on each, and there was a coin machine situated nearby for ease ...

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