China’s biggest e-commerce company, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., has expanded its offline retail presence after it spent another billion dollars into plans as part of its pushing into “new retail” strategy which combines online and offline.

Alibaba has bought up a 15 percent stake in a chain of Chinese home improvement and furniture stores, Beijing Easyhome Furnishing Chain Store Group Co., for RMB 5.45 billion, or around $867 million, and injected $486 million into a domestic big-data firm, Shiji Retail Information Technology Co.

Beijing Easyhome has 223 physical home furnishing and DIY-style stores across 29 provinces in China, which makes it the country’s second largest in its field.