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What Do You Call the Corner Store?

The title of the post may be confusing, because the store is not necessarily on a corner. What they’re talking about is a convenience store, or the small shop that sells a variety of things like food, beer, toilet paper, cigarettes, soap, ice, newspapers, etc. They exist all over the world, and have wonderful names that mean many different things, often evolving from a former version of the store. Depending on where you live, it’s called a deli, sari-sari, dépanneur, packie, offy, milk bar, pulperia, konbini, bodega, mini-mart, or my favorite, misceláneas. Atlas Obscura tells us about the locations and origins of these names. Where I live, they are called “convenience stores,” because we have no imagination.

(Image credit: Flickr user Ewan Munro)


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