Serious mouse infestation closes West London Sainsbury's
A branch of Sainsbury’s in one of London’s most upmarket areas was closed for a week at the end of last month after a serious mouse infestation was discovered on the premises.
Local people were surprised to see the Sainsbury’s Local branch on Westbourne Grove in Bayswater closed down at the end of June, with local health inspectors quickly confirming that the problem behind the sudden break in business was due to mice.
Inspectors from Westminster Council found extensive evidence of mice living in the shop and placed an immediate prohibition order on it for a week, to ensure it was cleaned up and thorough pest control measures were implemented.
The council’s head of food health and safety, James Armitage, said that the extent of the mouse presence required immediate action in order to protect public health.
“We took swift and decisive action to close down the premises in the interests of public health. We are working with the store to ensure that the problem is rectified as soon as possible,” he said. “We expect that every business in Westminster maintains their service to a high standard and dirty conditions that are a threat to public safety are unacceptable.”
A spokesman for Sainsbury’s said that the matter was very concerning and they were rectifying it straight away. He said, “We’ve taken immediate action to eradicate this isolated incident and are working with the authorities to get the store open for customers as soon as possible.”