According to AP News, high levels of inflation, resulting from the pandemic and ongoing war in Ukraine, are reaching bodegas citywide. Yes, unfortunately that means your daily baconeggandcheese might go up a few bucks, as bodega owners are being forced to raise their prices.
Bronx local bodega owner, Francisco Marte, had to raise his bacon egg and cheese from $2.50 to $4.50 (almost doubling the cost), reports AP News. “Bacon, egg and cheese — you can’t take that sandwich away,” he said. “That’s the favorite sandwich for New Yorkers.”
Statistics presented by the U.S. Department of Labor show that the prices of goods have increased 18% from 2021, as inflation has jumped 11.3% higher this June compared to last year.
Larger establishments such as McDonald’s, Starbucks, and Wendy’s, have also observed the country’s increasing inflation, resulting in similar price spikes, shares CBS.
And though it’ll take a lot more than inflation to take away our bodega staple, we can only hope it takes a speedy recovery for the supply chain to bounce back.