Autonomous Convenience Store Implements Robotic Chef

Re-Up’s AI technology cooks customizable fried chicken, french fries and other menu items on demand
Re-Up c-store
Photograph courtesy of Re-Up

Re-Up, an artificial intelligence-powered convenience store company based in Miami, is installing autonomous robotic chefs at a variety of locations powered by Nala Robotics, an AI company in the culinary industry.

Arlington Heights, Illinois-based Nala Robotics' AI-enabled virtual kitchens are equipped with sensors, precision cooking mechanisms and machine learning algorithms, allowing its robotic chefs to autonomously prepare fully customizable fried chicken, french fries and other menu items on demand without human intervention, according to Re-Up.

The Wingman by Nala from Nala Robotics on Vimeo.

“As the c-store for the new generation—offering clean and healthy alternatives to the traditional convenience retail experience, we are thrilled to partner with Nala Robotics,” said Michael Salafia, founder and managing director of Re-Up. “By harnessing the power of AI, we are able to provide our customers with convenient, personalized and safe shopping and dining experiences. We believe this groundbreaking concept will revolutionize the way people shop and fuel up.”

The announcement comes on the heels of Re-Up’s grand opening of its inaugural location in Melbourne, Florida. Re-Up currently has nine stores open and more than 30 in the pipeline. Its existing stores are in the following locations.

  • Leland, Mississippi
  • Melbourne, Florida
  • Jackson, Mississippi
  • Opelika, Alabama
  • McKenzie, Alabama
  • Union Springs, Alabama
  • Hampton, Georgia
  • Ocala, Florida
  • Fort Meade, Florida

“Our expansion efforts at Re-Up are proceeding at an accelerated pace,” said Narendra Manney, co-founder and president of Re-Up.  “We aim to procure 25 to 30 additional stores by the end of 2024 and more than 200 stores in the coming years. The integration of robotics kitchens stands as a pivotal strategy in our modernization initiative, enabling us to enhance operational efficiency and deliver seamless services while upholding unwavering quality standards around the clock.”

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