NY Outraged Over Startup That Wants to Replace Bodegas

September 13, 2017. This article discusses the outrage of New Yorkers over a new business that would put vending machines in apartment buildings stocked with convenience store items. New Yorkers feel that using the Hispanic term “Bodega” as the name for the business is problematic.

Fast Company via Twitter screenshot “Why are you using the Hispanic name – why are you doing that?” he said. Now a new startup aims to make buying convenience store items a little more convenient for some, while effectively eroding neighborhood cornerstones. Their business: to put sleeker vending machines in apartment and office buildings as well as dorms.
Former Google employees Paul McDonald and Ashwath Rajan have developed a concept called Bodega, which stocks corner store goods without the corner store charm.
“When you think of NY neighborhoods, you think about the stores and restaurants and groceries”, said David Dyssegaard Kallick, a senior fellow at the institute – a union-supported, nonpartisan research and advocacy group.
If you live in New York City or other major cities in the country, you’ve probably been to a bodega, local market or corner store. “It’s disrespecting all the mom-and-pop bodega owners that started these businesses in the ’60s and ’70s.”

 

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