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Sanitation issues shutdown North Bend Dollar General

Viewer took this image on Thursday. (Heather A. Trosper, Facebook) Viewer took this image on Thursday. (Heather A. Trosper, Facebook)
Viewer took this image on Thursday. (Heather A. Trosper, Facebook) Viewer took this image on Thursday. (Heather A. Trosper, Facebook)
Potential rodent feces are littered under an aisle. (Steve Beynon, FOX19NOW) Potential rodent feces are littered under an aisle. (Steve Beynon, FOX19NOW)
Potential rodent feces can be seen on the lower left and upper right. (Steve Beynon, FOX19 NOW) Potential rodent feces can be seen on the lower left and upper right. (Steve Beynon, FOX19 NOW)
The Dollar General in Northbend is one of two grocery stores in the area. (Frankie Jupiter, FOX19 NOW) The Dollar General in Northbend is one of two grocery stores in the area. (Frankie Jupiter, FOX19 NOW)
CINCINNATI -

One of the only sources for groceries in the North Bend area was shut down Sunday after sanitation issues at the Dollar General on Three Rivers Parkway were uncovered by officials.

The store right off State Route 50 was the subject of four investigations by Hamilton County Public Health. Officials found live insects, mice feces and rodents living in the store. 

On Sunday afternoon, County officials told Dollar General management to voluntarily close down until a satisfactory inspection is complete, or the store would be forced to close its doors. Management complied and the store was closed mid-afternoon. 

The conditions lead to one employee walking away from her job. She said she was fed up with picking up dead mice and employees were getting in trouble for using up the store's gloves to clean up. 

"They [Dollar General] don't give us gloves, we have to store-use stuff," former employee Holly Trosper said.

That same morning, FOX19 NOW investigated the store after a former employee raised the issue on Facebook publishing photos and videos of filthy conditions involving living maggots and rodent feces in the store.

FOX19 NOW found mouse feces in three different parts of the store, some of which were in plain sight. Management did not wish to comment after two in-person requests for comment. However, their corporate office says they are taking actions after revelations of the disturbing conditions. 

"At Dollar General, providing a clean work environment for our employees and a pleasant shopping experience for our customers is a top priority," Crystal Ghassemi, a spokeswoman for the company said. "As such, we took immediate action to close our store in Cincinnati to address store standard issues."  

Health officials say a complaint around 3 p.m. mobilized an inspector and the assistant health commissioner and their impromptu inspection prompted the store to shut down. The store will not be allowed to open up until a satisfactory inspection is complete. There is not date set for a follow-up investigation by County health officials. 

This was the fourth health inspection since March 1. It's unclear what changed between Friday's inspection and Sunday's shutdown. The results of their previous inspection on Friday will not be published until Monday.

Hamilton County Public Health March 1 investigation:

Hamilton County Public Health March 10 investigation: 

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