Property Grunt

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Rat problem at Whole foods. But which one?

Don't worry folks. It was the Whole foods in Chicago. So now all of the flatiron, upper westside and chelsea can breathe a sigh of relief.

Rodent problem closes Whole Foods store

March 25, 2005

Mayor Daley's Dumpster Task Force shuttered a Whole Foods Market in the city's Lake View neighborhood Thursday for what officials described as "rodent infestation."

Inspectors closed the store at 3300 N. Ashland after confirming reports of "substantial rodent activity."

To reopen, store managers must present the task force with revised guidelines for pest control and housekeeping, clean the store thoroughly and pass a stringent reinspection, officials said.

Store representatives could not be reached for comment late Thursday. But a message left on the store's answering service says the business is closed "due to a building issue" and expects to reopen today. Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Al Sanchez said in a statement the store has long had a good reputation for cleanliness and concern for the environment, and he was confident management would correct the problems.

My only problem with the Whole Foods in Union Square is that people keep standing inside the entrance staring at the vastness of the space. Keep moving people. Its just a souped up grocery store.