South Philly bodegas are getting with the times

It’s not all chips and Bug Juice at South Philly corner stores anymore, says Newsworks.

New Matt's grocery at 6th and Wilder is one of many bodegas now offering healthier options to try to stand out. Pic by Kimberly Paynter for WHYY, via Newsworks.
New Matt’s grocery at 6th and Wilder is one of many bodegas now offering healthier options to try to stand out. Pic by Kimberly Paynter for WHYY, via Newsworks.

The news website run by WHYY finds that there are a hell of a lot of corner stores in South Philly, specifically around the eastern edge of Passyunk Square. Come to think of it, yeah, there are.

Says the website: 

These modest storefronts hawk potato chips, candy and cigarettes, a minimum of two per block, appear from Wharton to Morris Streets, and reflect the face of changing demographics of the neighborhood.

Several of the stores have tried to make themselves stand out by offering specialty items for either different immigrant groups or longterm residents.

Check out the full story, which has a nice slideshow of all the shops.

 

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