State Trading Organization (STO) has opened a new shop in Hulhumale' Phase II.
The store was opened by STO's Managing Director Hussain Amr and Housing Development Corporation (HDC)'s Managing Director Ahmed Atif at a ceremony held at the store location on Friday.
The shop, located on the ninth tower of the Vinares flats, offers retail and wholesale goods sold by STO. The store will also offer onions, potatoes, and eggs imported by STO for Ramadan at special rates.
STO used to have a shop in Hulhumale' Phase I. However, the shop was recently closed for renovation. STO said the decision to open the shop at a Vinares Flat tower was taken after receiving complaints from the people that there are no STO shops open in Hulhumale'. STO also hopes to ensure that the public is able to purchase goods at the best possible price.
The renovated STO shop in Phase I will no longer have salesmen or cashiers when it re-opens. The store will become the first in the country to offer services with the help of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology.