COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Columbus Public Health Department suspended the license of a popular grocery store because of what CHD calls a “public health and safety concern.”
CHD spokesperson Kelli Myers said inspectors shut down the Kroger location on 1441 Parsons Ave. Thursday after they discovered a “rodent infestation.” NBC4 investigator Tom Sussi confirmed the types of rodents are rats.
When CHD inspected the store on March 2, inspectors noted “signs of infestation throughout the back room,bakery, bread shelving and meat rooms.” The inspector observed “excessive food contamination by pests chewing through food items, large quantities of feces, torn packaging, and food debris throughout the storage room and some of the product aisles.”
Upon follow-up monitoring and inspection, the store’s license was suspended due to public health and safety concerns.
Kroger issued the following statement to NBC4:
Safety is a core value at Kroger and we take this situation very seriously. We continue to work with the Columbus Health Department in order to reopen to serve our customers.
The store is still open for pharmacy transactions and the fuel center also remains open. Pharmacy hours are 9am-9pm Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm Saturday, and 10am-6pm Sunday.