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D.C. Target’s grocery area shut down after health violations, including rodent droppings

Customers enter the building housing the Target store in Columbia Heights in this file photo. (Craig Hudson/For The Washington Post)

D.C. residents who like to do their grocery shopping at Target need to find another place to purchase their food for now.

The D.C. Department of Health suspended the retailer’s license at its Columbia Heights store after it failed a health inspection Thursday afternoon. Inspectors found a number of violations throughout the store, including rodent droppings in the back storage area, according to Ivan Torres, a spokesman for the D.C. Department of Health.

The fresh grocery area of the store and the pizza cafe, which serves hot prepared food, are closed. All other parts of the store are still open.

In order for Target to reopen its grocery aisles, it needs to make a request with the health department to have the area reinspected and remedy the infractions. Torres says that request has not yet been made.

“At Target, food safety and quality are a top priority,” a Target spokesman wrote in an email. “We take this issue very seriously and are working with officials to address any concerns as quickly as possible.”

The Columbia Heights Target is the retailer’s only location in the District.