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.”