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Does NEC require a DUPLEX receptacle in kitchen?

I’m being told by my contractor that I must have a GFCI duplex receptacle on my backsplash.

My issue is that I would prefer two single receptacles (two Sillites side by side. With GFCI protect at the panel.

Charleston, SC code follows NEC. But I don’t see where the code mandates a “duplex” receptacle.

Can someone help me understand why it must be a duplex?

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