Dollar General just closed these stores over ‘critical safety issues’

While most businesses have been forced to close stores across the United States due to challenges exacerbated by the COVID pandemic, Dollar General has followed the opposite trajectory. The company has rapidly expanded across the country in recent years, becoming the largest US retailer by outlets. According ForbesDollar General opens about three new stores every day and now has over 18,000 locations nationwide. But amid this extreme growth, the popular discount chain has been forced to close some of its stores due to unsafe conditions. Read on to find out what “critical security issues” led to these Dollar General sites being shut down.

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Dollar General’s rapid growth might highlight its popularity, but the company has faced its fair share of backlash for concerning practices and conditions. In April, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) fined the company after discovering “excessive price scanner errorsat Dollar General branches across the state.

Then, in May, a report by the Environmental Justice Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform and Coming Clean, Inc. found that at least 12 products sold by the discount retailer contained toxic chemicals.

Just last month, the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Dollar General stores in two different statistics for “serious hazards” which included exit doors padlocked and locked.

Now some Dollar General stores are closed for other security concerns.

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Now, Dollar General is closing some locations in the United States due to unsafe conditions. On July 11, city officials in Euclid, Ohio, ordered the company to close immediately one of its stores in the Green Road area due to conditions inside the business, Cleveland.com reported. ‘There were so many infractions that we closed the store,’ the building commissioner said Laura Heilman said at a Euclid City Council meeting, per Cleveland.com.

According to the outlet, another Dollar General store in the city also closed on the same day due to similar conditions. Heilman declared commercial property inspector Doreen Simpson was sent to the second location on Mayfield Road while inspecting the Green Road store. Simpson” came back to show me the pictures [of the Mayfield Road store’s interior] and, in the meantime, the store had closed because they knew she was coming back,” Heilman said.

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City of Euclid officials said the two Dollar General stores had a number of “critical security issues“Cleveland reported CBS affiliate 19 News. Those issues included blocked walkways, lack of access to electrical panels and inaccessible fire extinguishers.

“For example, if there was an electrical fire, the fire department would not be able to access the main disconnect switch and city code requires that the panel be easily accessible,” Keith Benjamin, director of community development for the town of South Euclid, told the outlet. “Many aisles were completely blocked by storage carts, preventing safe exit in an emergency. Additionally, fire extinguishers were blocked by storage carts, rendering them completely useless in the event of a fire.”

Other city officials noted that at the consumer level, the stores were unsanitary and had been told about it for more than a year. “I tell you they shouldn’t even have a license to sell food because of the filth, the wickedness”, Ruth Gray, president of the Euclid City Council, said, per Cleveland.com. After a recent visit to the Green Road store on July 3, Gray said: “If I had a dog, I wouldn’t even let my dog ​​eat on that floor. It’s so dirty.”

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At the city council meeting, Heilman said Dollar General stores will be closed ‘until further notice’ and it will be up to the stores to call city officials ‘when they feel it’s cleaned up enough. and that hazards are removed for re-inspection.” The commissioner said that, as far as she knows, both stores are owned by the company.

“So our two dollar stores are closed at this time,” Heilman said, according to Cleveland.com. “I don’t know when they will reopen. It will be up to them to clean the stores and eliminate all the dangers.”

Unfortunately, this means both Dollar General stores could remain permanently closed. According to Heilman, both locations are rented and in buildings that have no external or structural issues — so the conditions that led to the closure of the two stores were a direct result of the discount chain. “If they don’t clean up the stores, they can never reopen, and that’s fine too, because I’m sure someone else would take the space,” Heilman said.

In a statement to Cleveland 19, Dollar General said it hoped to stay in the area. “We are disappointed that the standards of our stores in these locations have not met our customers’ expectations and our own expectations, and we hope to reopen soon to serve our customers and the South Euclid neighborhood,” a doorman said. word of society. “We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and remain committed to being a positive business partner and good community neighbor.”

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