Granite Shoals, TX

Dollar General Temporarily Closes Yet Another Store

Joel Eisenberg

The location is the latest to shutter, adding up to multiple company closures in the month of November.

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Author’s Note

This article is based on corporate postings and accredited media reports. Linked information within this article is attributed to the following outlets: BestLifeOnline.com and DailyTrib.com.

Introduction

In recent weeks, reports from multiple sources discussed the rash of recent short-term and long-term closings of Dollar General locations throughout the country, for varying reasons including violations of safety guidelines.

As I continue to share these reports on NewsBreak, now comes word that yet another location has been temporarily shuttered, this one for a series of fire code violations.

Let us explore.

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As reported in November 29th’s DailyTrib.com, in its piece entitled “Granite Shoals Dollar General Closed For Fire Code Violations,” the stalwart Texas location was shut down for “numerous violations of the International Fire Code.” For those who subscribe to the outlet, you can read the story here.

Note: A report from December 30, 2021 from the same outlet broke the news to the Texas public that the location was opening in the area.

A November 30th article from BestLifeOnline.com, “Dollar General Stores Were Just Shut Down for Major Violations,” elaborates on the most recent violation: A Dollar General store in Granite Shoals, Texas, was closed to shoppers on Nov. 28, DailyTrib.com reported. According to Granite Shoals Fire Marshal Chris Cowan, the store on Ranch to Market Road 1431 was in violation of the International Fire Code, and it will not be permitted to reopen until it's in compliance. Cowan inspected the store on Nov. 23, where he found "cluttered aisles, obstructed exits, expired fire extinguishers, and unmarked chemicals," per DailyTrib.com.

The article goes on to state further information gleaned from the latest DailyTrib.com report: After Thanksgiving weekend, Cowan returned to re-inspect the location, but violations had yet to be addressed. The cluttered aisles were his primary concern, none of which were up to standards, he told the DailyTrib.com. Aisles are required to be 44 inches wide with no obstructions to be considered a "means of egress," per the fire code. "It's a clutter issue, but the clutter creates a life safety issue throughout the whole store that is going to prevent people in a panic from getting out," Cowan told the outlet.

BestLifeOnline.com also discusses the other November store closings covered by previously-published pieces on NewsBreak.

Conclusion

As Dollar General continues to ignore safety-related citations, individual stores will continue to shutter until or unless they meet compliance guidelines.

As ever, in the event of updates to this ongoing story, I will share them here on NewsBreak.

Thank you for reading.

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