China has built its first-ever supermarket that can buy and sell directly from the internet, the country’s largest supermarket operator said.
The Safeway supermarket in Los Angeles is the first to be built by a Chinese manufacturer, China’s state-owned news agency Xinhua said on Monday.
It follows a similar project by a company called Huayu Food Co. that opened an online grocery store in Los Santos, California, in 2016.
Huayu, owned by a group of Chinese investors, said it would open its first store in the United States in 2020.
The Chinese supermarket has a 50 percent discount for orders over $50, with delivery available for free.
The company said it will also open its own store in Beijing and a branch in Hong Kong later this year.
Chinese state media reported that the Safeway was built in partnership with a company named Lianyun Group.
Lianyin Group, which is owned by the state-backed China Construction Bank, is a conglomerate of construction firms, state-run media said.
A Safeway is expected to be the largest single-brand supermarket in the world, according to Bloomberg.