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Why it’s time to bring back the social side of shopping

There’s a small local supermarket I know that is less than 150 sqm but punches above its weight in community engagement. The store’s owner is known by name to most customers and – in an unusual step – has devoted that all-important first 10 sqm at the entrance not to a stack of bargain merchandise, but to a simple wooden table where four to six early customers gather for morning coffee and whatever is on that day’s breakfast menu. The storefront also features, among other things, a com