SF grocery store closes after ‘severe’ neighborhood rodent infestation

Health inspectors temporarily closed a Glen Park grocery store Wednesday after they found signs of a rodent infestation, which owners blamed on a community-wide rat problem.

According to a report obtained by The Chronicle, a Department of Public Health inspection of Canyon Market found rat droppings on the food, holes where pests nest and other evidence of “serious rodent infestation.” 311 complaints prompted inspections.

Health officials ordered the immediate closure of stores while employees worked to plug the loopholes.

Superintendent Rafael Mandelman, whose area includes Glen Park, tweeted Thursday night that Canyon Market has reopened.

Describing the forced closure as the culmination of a years-long conflict with a resident, the store’s owner, Janet Tarlov, said that despite efforts by Tarlov and others to warn, at Glen, near Canyon Market, Plenty of unsanitary practices from bird health officials left near Park BART station.

Tarlove, president of the Glen Park Merchants Association, said she has been in touch with health officials since 2020, when she said residents began “dumping 20 to 30 pounds of bird food at a time in the BART parking lot.”

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