Omar Abdo says he goes through about 200 plastic bags a day at 561 Deli & Grocery.
The Kips Bay bodega will have to change that. The state is expected to resume enforcement of its plastic bag ban on Monday.
"It's going to be expensive at first. Customers, I don't know if they're going to want to pay the 5 cents or not, so I don't know how we're gonna do it,” said Abdo.
People will have to bring their own reusable bags, buy a reusable bag, or pay a 5-cent fee for a paper bag.
Abdo says his customers often request plastic for heavier items like cases of beer.
"I've tried to use the paper bag to shop. It breaks. It's not the same, but what we going to do?" he said.
It is part of an effort to reduce the use of single-use bags and the negative impact they have on the environment.
The ban technically went into effect in March but was delayed because of health concerns over reusable bags and because of litigation.
"I think there's nothing wrong with using plastic bags. These brown bags, they're a lot more difficult,” said one shopper.
"It's going to be a rough transition period, but for the environment, it's best, so people have to get used to it,” said a second.
"Bag ban sounds like a good thing, and there's no time like the present,” said a third.
Abdo admits won't be an easy or inexpensive adjustment. But he says it's for a worthy cause and he will make it work.
"It's going to hurt the business a little bit, but we have to do it for the environment,” he said.
Businesses will receive a warning for its first violation, but then will be hit with a fine for any thereafter.