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Kroger on University Drive shuts down temporarily due to rodent problem

Kroger on University Drive shuts down temporarily due to rodent problem

Kroger on University Drive shuts down temporarily due to rodent problem
September 04
21:20 2018

The Kroger grocery store located on University Drive in Denton shut down Tuesday morning after four dead rodents were discovered, according to the Denton Record-Chronicle.

Reports of the rodents were made late last week as several videos and photos of rodents and of rodent damaged chip bags inside the store were posted online. A rodent issue in the same location was reported in June when a formal complaint was filed with the building inspections division of the city, according to the Record-Chronicle.

Kevin Cummings, supervisor for consumer health in the city’s Development Services office, inspected the store over the weekend. The Record-Chronicle reported that Cummings returned to the location Tuesday morning to observe the steps it was taking to improve any rodent issues, and upon discovering four rodents in traps, the decision was made to shut the store down temporarily.

“This does occur occasionally, and it’s because rodents live amongst humans — and if they can find a place to be hidden and get food or any liquid, that’s a place they’re going to stay,” Cummings told the Record-Chronicle. “It just happened to be occurring here.”

“Safety is a core value at Kroger, and we appreciate our customers’ patience as we work to improve facility and maintenance items,” Kroger spokesperson April Martin Nickels said in a statement. “We apologize for the inconvenience as we make repairs to improve our store.”

The Record-Chronicle reported that the location will re-open as soon as Cummings inspects it again and approves the conditions.

Featured Image: Customers turn around once they read a sign posted on the door at Kroger on West University Drive in Denton. After rodents were found, the store will reopen only after a city health inspector reinspects the property and deems it clean and clear. Courtesy Jeff Woo/DRC

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Sean Riedel was the news editor at the North Texas Daily from August 2018 to May 2019, and previously served as a staff writer from June 2017 to August 2018.

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