The world’s second-largest economy is hoping to attract a new wave of shoppers to its stores.
It plans to open stores in China in 2020 that are equipped with robots that can dispense food in a matter of minutes, according to a Reuters report.
The new shopping centers are expected to be located in the provinces of Hubei, Xinjiang and Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, according Reuters.
It is not known what the robots will be doing at these stores.
China’s first supermarket in Xinjiang opened in late 2016 and the first in Xinjian, a province in western China, in late 2017.
The new locations will be more expensive, but they should provide a much better selection of food.
This will be a great opportunity for China to showcase its new food market to the world, said Andrew Smith, senior market strategist at retail giant Deloitte.
China plans to spend $8 billion to open more than 300 stores by 2020, according the Associated Press.