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Why those ex-Googlers should save mom and pop stores

Courtesy of Jillian Berman
Melquis Garcia at his bodega.

There is perhaps no location more familiar to a New Yorker than his or her local bodega. It’s rare that a day goes by where we don’t pop into at least one of the 14,000 local stores in New York City.

This week many people are reflecting on the value bodegas bring to their lives in light of a recent controversy over a new startup, named Bodega, that aims to sell basic groceries through machines installed at apartment buildings, gyms and other locations. “Eventually, centralized shopping locations won’t be necessary,” one of the two co-founders — both ex-Googlers GOOG, -0.52% — told Fast Company.

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