Pimentel's bodega, slightly larger than a dine-in taco stand, fits three aisles of goods, including toilet paper, mango juice, cactus plants, bananas, plastic dolls and an eclectic assortment of other items. Having a nearby store with groceries is important in New York, where most don't have cars; the rise in food prices has hit Pimentel's neighborhood hard.
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