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This Startup Wants To Replace Bodegas And Twitter Is Not Having It

By Jaime Lutz

In cities around America, small stores, often run by immigrants, are what keep locals going. In New York City, these stores are called bodegas; in other cities, they're known as corner stores or convenience stores or packies. And now, two ex-Googlers have proudly started a business that might shutter these cherished institutions forever, according to Fast Company.

The actual details of the business have a lot of bodega-lovers concerned—basically, the company wants to install giant minibars in apartment lobbies filled with toiletries and essentials. This startup, which is literally called Bodega, features a cat as its logo in a nod to the cat-filled brick-and-mortar stores the company is trying to replace. 

“The vision here is much bigger than the box itself,” said Bodega's co-founder, Paul McDonald. “Eventually, centralized shopping locations won’t be necessary, because there will be 100,000 Bodegas spread out, with one always 100 feet away from you.”