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Are Whole Foods' automated kiosks the future for grocery stores?

Robots and kiosks replace some workers in a bid to cut costs. Shoppers at the new store in Silver Lake give it mixed reviews.
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Silver Lake's popular cafe abruptly closed its doors this week. Co-owner Claudia O'Sullivan said her $5,000 monthly rent was about to increase to $12,000.