UPDATE: Whitesburg Food City reopened after temporary closure

Published: Feb. 7, 2020 at 2:50 PM EST
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Updated 02/08 8:54

K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc. confirmed Saturday that Whitesburg's Food City is back open.

They also noted that since the closure interrupted their $5 Friday promotion, they will extend the promotion through Sunday, February 9th. Food city will also reward every customer who shops at the Whitesburg location with "300 bonus Fuel bucks" as promised during the initial closure.

Original Story 02/07

The Letcher County Health Department ordered Food City in Whitesburg to temporarily close its doors Friday.

According to a notice filed with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health Services, the health department was completing a regular inspection of the store when it found evidence of the 'presence of rodents.'

The Food City was ordered to suspend all operations immediately.

A sign on the front door reads, "Dear Food City customers, we are temporarily CLOSED and will reopen as soon as possible. Our apologies."

A second sign on the door reads, "Pharmacy is open. Associate will assist you!"

K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc. gave WYMT the following statement:

Included in that “loyal support” is Dakota Krahenbuhl, general manager of Dawahares109 Pizza and Subs.

“We go to Food City once a day here. We pretty much rely on it for most anything we can’t get off our industrial truck service,” Krahenbuhl said.

According to the health department, the store’s bakery-deli received a 96 on its December inspection and the retail area received a 98.

Krahenbuhl said an issue like this is something that the stores in the area work hard to avoid.

“Especially in this town,” he said. “The river runs right through the whole town and connects pretty much any restaurant in town. So, any place is susceptible to pests.”

He said he hopes to see Food City’s doors reopen soon.

“We’re not ashamed of them or anything like that,” he said. “We’re just ready for them to open back up.”

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