Rogers Park Store Closed After Inspectors Find Signs Of Mice

UPDATED 04/14/11 8:58 a.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — A Rogers Park neighborhood grocery store has been shut down, after city inspectors found mouse feces in the freezer, and bags of rice and corn chips that had been chewed on.

Inspectors from Mayor Daley’s Dumpster Task Force came to the Clark Supermarket at 6647 N. Clark St. on a general complaint Wednesday when they visited the store and promptly spotted signs of infestation, according to a news release.

More than 500 mouse droppings were found in areas such as the walk-in cooler, where milk, eggs and tortillas were stored; and on shelving, a release from the city Department of Streets and Sanitation said.

Inspectors also found that mice had gnawed into two 20-pound bags of rice and several bags of corn chips. Numerous holes and openings were found in the store, which provided mice with multiple nesting options.

Inspectors also reported there was no hot water on the premises so management could not effectively keep things clean, the release said.

In addition to the mice and water problems, the market had major hygiene issues, Street and Sanitation deputy commissioner Josie Cruz said.

“Our inspectors reported that conditions were deplorable and that housekeeping appeared to be non-existent, so management is going to have a lot of work to do before this store will be allowed to reopen,” Cruz said.

The market was closed for the critical violations of inadequate pest control and failing to protect the food supply from contamination. The store also incurred a serious violation for failing to have hot running water.

The owners must address the pest control and plumbing issues, clean the store, and then request and pass a follow-up inspection, the release said.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Akka Bakka Barumppp

    I just bought a 20 pound bag of rice here with a little wild rice mixed in and they didn’t charge me extra for the wild rice.

  • Sam

    All you mom/pop stores better get wise. Keep your businesses clean and updated. Trader Joe’s, Walmart Market, Aldi, and Sav-A-Lot will take your location, when the city (and the community) shut you down for good. Case in point: That liquor store on the city’s west side called Willis.

  • Local Medim-Sized Dog

    I love me some mouse feces. Yummo!!!!!
    Where is this place again?

  • Thomas Edward

    The guy at the store acted as if he didn’t have a pest management problem, after the fact they just got shut down for this issue a day before. Do it yourself remedies don’t always work. He brings a bad rap for all the ma and pop corner stores.

  • dan

    I would like to know what kind of signs the mice were leaving around? Were they little cardboard signs with slogans on them like mice rule or banners that said we are the mice that pooped in the rice?

  • mark

    Funny, when I clicked on this story there was an ad for Teminex in the right column that showed a donut with what looked like mice droppings on it, then they started crawling off-they were ants. Wonder if Terminex planned it to be adjacent to story

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