Rodents force Family Dollar to close in east Memphis, other stores cited

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. ( – A rodent issue forced a Family Dollar store in east Memphis to close. The store at the corner of Mount Moriah and Kirby was shut down by the Shelby County Health Department until the problem is cleaned up.

That store is not the only one cited by Shelby County Environment Court for code violations. When shoppers go to the Family Dollar store on Mt. Moriah, they’ll be greeted with a notice from the Shelby County Health Department saying it is closed. Shelby County health officials say the closing is due to a rodent infestation plaguing the store.

“You can’t shop there because you’re so scared of the rat pollution,” said Dennis Richmond, who lives in the area.

It’s not clear how long the problem has been going on, but Shelby County health officials ordered the citation on May 24th. Five miles away you’ll see trash outside the Family Dollar store on Winchester.

“It’s unsanitary, especially with food in there…it’s gross,” said Krysta Locovitch who shops at the store.

The store on Mt. Moriah and the store on Ridgemont in Frayser are ordered in environmental court August 12th. The store in Frayser showed at least two violations of control of litter and garbage.

Local 24 sent multiple emails to Family Dollar corporate to find out what’s being done to fix these issues. As of Thursday night, Local 24 did not receive any responses. Residents say they just want answers.

“You so scared of rodents and trash and pollution and all that stuff, so I mean closing down would be good, but I hope they reopen it for the community,” Richmond said.

“You just need to bomb the whole store clean it down real good, bleach it, let it air out and then it should be good as new,” Locovitch explained.

Local 24 News will keep you updated with what develops out of environmental court.

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