A Brainerd Dollar Tree had to close briefly after a complaint prompted state officials to inspect the shop.

An area Dollar Tree is now open again after temporarily closing because of health code concerns. (Photo: Mike Morbeck, MGNOnline)

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture received a complaint about the 480 Greenway View Drive shop Jan. 31.

The same day, a state inspector went to the store and found the following violations: improper storage, rodent droppings on the floor, rodents gnawing on products, dead rodents in the stockroom, rodent urine on boxes and dead rodents in traps.

“Due to these findings, the department determined this store had unsafe operating conditions for a food establishment and required closure until the violations are corrected,” Department of Agriculture spokesman Will Freeman said via email. 

A spokeswoman for Dollar Tree said that employees immediately addressed the issues.

“Our local store failed an inspection and was closed for a brief period of time,” she said via email. “The problem was addressed immediately, as we worked with the health inspector and pest control services to resolve the issue. The store has since passed its reinspection and is now open. Please know that the safety of our associates and customers is our first priority.”