There are four shops in Motherload, all located on the surface (from left to right):
- Propellent Vendor 12000 (also known as Fuel station) is where fuel is purchased.
- Mineral Processor 3000 (also known as Mineral Processing) is where you sell your minerals for cash so you can buy from the 3 other shops.
- Autobuy 2000 (also known as Junk Shop) is where 6 types of upgrades to your mining pod is purchased.
- Emendation Station 3500 is where you can repair damage done to the mining pod, and buy 6 types of items.
- Quantum Particle State Analyzer 6000 is technically not a shop but acts as a save point.
- All shops are located on impenetrable ground that cannot be dug in. The squares of soil directly beneath them also cannot be dug into, and never contain minerals or artefacts, although you can hollow out all the soil further below without ill effect. This invulnerable soil also ignores explosives, although they will not block Plastic Explosives from destroying the soil further beneath it.