NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New Yorkers aren’t buying a high-tech alternative to the city’s ubiquitous corner stores.
Developers call it a ‘bodega’ but the newfangled idea from the west coast was falling flat on its face on Fulton Street, Wednesday morning.
“I like my phone, but I don’t think I wanna deal with a box too,” one woman told 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria.
That’s what it would be; a giant box, a giant vending machine like a 5 foot wide computerized pantry that would sell non-perishable items like toilet paper and chips, it would replace your local bodega.
Sandra said they can call it a bodega all they want.
“It’s not a bodega. A bodega is community. It’s people coming into community, buying whatever they have to buy, establishing relationships, that’s not a bodega,” she said.
The vending machine’s logo is a cat — the kind you would see in a bodega.