The Smart Butcher is not your local meat market guy. It’s a vending machine.

Selling a variety of fresh meat under $9, the vending machine is the only one of its kind, according to Anna Sagani, who manages Lil Mart, the Odenville, AL, store where the machine is installed.

Sagani says the developers of Smart Butcher, Rob Harrison and Chase Evans, came into the convenience store earlier this year and asked her husband if they could place it in the mini-mart.

“We thought we could give it a try,” Sagani says. “We’ve never heard of something like this before.”

With cash or credit cards, customers can buy a selection of meats restocked by the developers every few days: a 1-lb. tenderloin for $4, a 12-oz. ribeye for $5, a New York strip for $6, 2 lbs. of hamburger beef for $6.99, and 2 lbs. of sirloin tips for $8.95.

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