Columbus grocery store temporarily closed due to pest infestation; mice feces & urine found

Sav McKee

On Wednesday, January 10th, a Kroger representative confirmed that a Columbus Kroger is facing a pest issue and is temporarily closing for sanitation.

The Health Department found mice and mice droppings throughout the Kroger located at 1585 Georgesville Square Drive in Columbus during a standard inspection, including in the deli and bakery. Two live mice were found in the bread storage. Seven dead mice were also located, including one found under the bread slicer.

Mice droppings were found in the bakery, including on a cake decorating stand, a table under the bread slicing station, and other general surfaces. Live and dead mice were also found throughout the aisles.

A Kroger spokesperson stated, “Kroger takes the health and safety of our valued customers and associates seriously and announces the temporary closure of the Georgesville Square Kroger at 1585 Georgesville Square Drive, Columbus while we work to correct a pest issue. We have implemented strict sanitation protocols, initiated a thorough cleaning, and will maintain ongoing inspections. With this expansive mitigation programming, we anticipate reopening the store soon.”


614Now reached out to Kroger Customer Service who confirmed that as of now, there is not a set reopening date, but that they’re not planning on closing the grocery store indefinitely. Inspectors will perform a follow-up inspection in one to three weeks.

In April of 2018, the Kroger located at 1441 Parsons Ave. was shut down by Columbus Public Health due to insects, rodents, and other pests, along with large quantities of animal feces found. It later corrected the issue and soon reopened after that.

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