A Whole Foods store in Northwest Washington that previously had rodent problems voluntarily closed this week for renovation after another visit from health inspectors.
On Monday, the grocery’s Glover Park location at 2323 Wisconsin Ave. NW voluntarily closed after health inspectors identified issues with rodents and pests, a spokeswoman for the D.C. Department of Health said. The store remedied the issues and was cleared to reopen, the spokeswoman said.
However, the location — which also closed last month after problems with rodents and pests — remains closed for remodeling, according to a Whole Foods spokeswoman.
“We will be remodeling the Georgetown store to offer our customers a fresh, new shopping experience,” Whole Foods spokeswoman Betsy Harden said in an email. “Our goal is to exceed our customers’ expectations on every shopping trip, and making these investments in the store will help us to do that. We apologize for the inconvenience.”
The abrupt nature of the closure during business hours surprised some customers, including Mike Smith, a Georgetown resident who said he shops there almost every day.
“It seemed odd to me, the abruptness of it,” said Smith, who saw an employee put a handwritten sign on the door informing customers of the early closure. “You could tell from the looks on the staff’s faces.”
Harden said the store’s employees will remain with the company.
“We’re placing all of the team members in temporary positions in other area stores during the renovations and hope to bring them all back together at Georgetown when we reopen,” Harden wrote.
She said it wasn’t known when the store would be open for business.