Welcome To Polemart: The Store In Antarctica That’s Only Open 3 Hours a Week

Bathrobes, souvenir patches and rationed quantities of alcohol are just a few of the things offered at the world’s southernmost convenience store. Antarctica’s Polemart is only open three times a week, and then for only one hour. That’s because there are only 39 people living at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, the scientific research station. Because the store is a company store that’s not really there to make a profit, everything is sold at or just above cost. Supplies are delivered to the convenience store as part of the base supply drop-off provided by cargo planes that land during favorable weather conditions. There’s also a small post office just outside Polemart that operates during the summer months.