Dollar General Store Closes Unexpectedly Due to Health Inspection Failure | Joel Eisenberg

A moth infestation will keep the location closed until it passes another inspection.


Author’s note

This article is based on company publications and accredited media reports. Information linked in this article is attributed to the following outlets: US Department of Labor and


My Oct. 22 article on General Dollar for NewsBreak, “U.S. government cites General Dollar for multiple security breaches. Compliance or shutdowns expected,” is particularly relevant to this current article.

As an excerpt from the previous article: According to an October 17 report from the U.S. Department of Labor, in an urgent press release titled “Update: Inspections Find General Dollar Continues to Reduce Safety as Violations, penalties pile up for blocked exits, unsafe storage areas,” the financial penalties the company faces this year are currently approaching nearly $1.7 million, and since 2017, nearly $10 million.

From the press release itself: Dollar General Corp. and Dolgencorp LLC — operator of more than 18,000 Dollar General discount stores in 47 states — again ignored federal workplace safety standards, this time identified during inspections at four locations in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. The company faces $1,682,302 in proposed penalties after those inspections, part of the more than $9.6 million in total initial penalties the company has received since 2017.

The statement went on to state: The US Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducted inspections in April 2022 in Mobile and Grove Hill, Alabama; Tampa, Florida; and Dewy Rose, Georgia. Inspectors cited the retailer for four willful violations and 10 repeat violations for failing to keep receiving and storage areas clean and orderly, and stacking materials in an unsafe manner. These violations exposed workers to risks associated with slips, trips and collisions with objects.

Now comes word of another quote, this one regarding a closure due to a moth infestation.

Let’s explore further.

General dollar, 2022

According to a Nov. 4 report from, “Downtown Erie Dollar General Store Closed Due to Moth Infestation,” the location will not reopen until this quote is cleared: The Erie County Health Department sent Inspector Victor Yan to investigate a complaint about the moths, which appeared to be concentrated in the pet section but were also found in the back room and in other parts of the store. “The store was voluntarily closed for a pre-scheduled inventory/maintenance event,” according to the inspection report. “The (health) department must be contacted for a follow-up inspection before the store can be reopened.”


As this Dollar General location is expected to largely reopen once the health-related quote is cleared, especially given the clearing of past quotes, it will nonetheless remain closed until then.

As always, if there are any relevant updates, I’ll share them here on NewsBreak.

Thanks for the reading.

Luz W. German