The Homeland grocery store in Marietta voluntarily closed for about a day to remedy a problem with rodents.


The Homeland grocery store in Marietta voluntarily closed for about a day to remedy a problem with rodents.

Joe Treanor, environmental specialist with the health department for Carter, Marshall and Love counties, said Friday the health department didn't shut the store down.

"The store chose to voluntarily close to remediate the problem and they did a great job of it," Treanor said. "We gave them the option and they chose to voluntarily do it and take care of it themselves."

The store closed on Wednesday and was reopened after a thorough health inspection early Thursday, according to Treanor.

"They were down for about 24 hours," he said. "It seems like they brought an army of hygiene-type people in from corporate. They pulled out all their tables, all their equipment and got up behind it. They got the source of the problem and really got it taken care of."

Homeland brought in contractors to inspect for and seal any visible outer openings. Electrical contractors were brought in to look for, and repair if needed, any openings in electrical ducting, and a full crew of associates cleaned the store, according to Homeland's media spokesperson.

The store was voluntarily closed for two reasons.

"We always want to provide our customers with a safe shopping environment, and we wanted the contractors to be able to complete their work thoroughly and efficiently," said Homeland CEO Darryl Fitzgerald. "Temporarily closing the store was the best way to insure both of these goals were met. The system worked the way it should. I'm very proud of the way our team responded and took such immediate steps to clear up these issues."