Complaints Lead To Deep Cleaning At Downtown Family Dollar

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(Memphis) A bright orange sign on the front of family dollar on main street lets customers know its closed.

“I was kind of concerned about it because it`s very convenient for everybody who lives downtown it’s one of the only places we can go shopping and get small items we need,” Joe Saia said.

Businesses next door say all weekend Family Dollar was closed while it did a deep winter cleaning.

Last week, the Shelby County Health Department showed up for a third time and told the business it was time to clean up after several complaints.

Nearby businesses say it smelled like dead rats.

“It was really foul,” Derrick Johnson said.

Johnson works next door at the De Ja Vu restaurant where you can know enjoy the smell from the kitchen instead of the foul odor he says was coming through the walls for the last three weeks.

“I’ve been seeing a lot of cleaning going on. A lot of buffing, wiping cleaning. They had their masks on,” Johnson said.

The health department also told them to hire a pest control company. They came out Monday morning rodent traps around the building.

The health inspector says that should eradicate the odor but it may take a bit if there is an animal carcass in the walls.

The health department added the Family Dollar also needed to close up holes leading into the basement.

“I’m happy they`re getting it done,” Johnson said. “No smell more customers.”

The health department says it will make another trip out to the Family Dollar this week to make sure they are in compliance.


  • David Fullerton

    Yea — Family Dollar is convenient for sure and they need to clean up and reopen ASAP! Moreover, they need to add bike racks outside of their doors and a locker system inside for backpacks and coats, especially since they want us to leave nearly all of our personal belongings with them in an unprotected location right next to the cash registers. They are way too concerned that we the customers are only there to steal from them. They should not mind, then, making several upgrades to their facilities or either close down all together. Speaking of which, how about adding several rest rooms. I have had to walk out of their store on several occasions while discarding a basket full of things that I wanted to buy, just to go elsewhere for a restroom that was still hard to find anyway if I was not dressed just right. But this is how it is all over the downtown area. You see – the powers-that-be is extremely unfriendly towards those of us who are not dressed up in top of the line clothing styles. One can count on one thing in the downtown area — if you are not already a well-known celebrity of some sort, the chances are greater that you will be turned away from the restrooms. My advice, if you’re middle class, is stay the hell away from downtown and save yourself the undeserved humiliation of soling yourself as they are treating people like you and people in poverty far worse than ever. Do you ever wonder why you might see a few homeless people who cannot help it if they stink? Well – that is only because they are being turned away from the restrooms not because they have no home training. The top 1% is taking over the entire downtown area and their message seems to be clear: staying the hell away from them if you do not fit in.

    • Cheshepe

      I’m glad they are cleaning up. All of downtown has problems with rats. Its not just Family Dollar. As far as the above comment. You have to realize that others have paved the way. Good and bad. I worked at a woman’s clothing store on 2nd and we made it policy that there was no public restroom. We had too many instances of lude behavior. I’m not cleaning up after that. Our dressing rooms were not spared either. The cleaners had to come several times. Downtown is full of beggars that are perfectly capable of working but they would rather panhandle our customers right into the store. I knew some of them by name. I have given to them personally. We had our share of theives but I never took bags. Downtown is a lost cause. I miss the Peabody Mall and when Main was looking up. Time to move on I say. To another city. Hope Memphis does better.

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