Orange Mound store back open one week after MPD shut down

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - An Orange Mound convenience store reopened just one week after it was shut down as a public nuisance.

An undercover sting by Memphis Police Department officers brought to light calls of robbery, shootings, drug use, underage drinking, and drug sales.

The Shelby County district attorney and the city attorney will now allow the store to reopen with the intent to "return this location to a place where a lawful, positive business may operate for the good of the community."

"I think it's wonderful the store needs to open," said customer Tyrone West. "It's so far for the grocery store. We need this store on the block."

"I know I seen a lot of prostitutes out here," said customer Jolo Miller. "A lot of them $5 girls and $10 girls."

We didn't see anyone loitering around the store, which is something neighbors say was a huge problem with drug deals going on and other crimes.

"Ain't nobody standing up here no more," Miller said. "It be a whole lot of people out here."

Neighbors said they rely on the store.

"It is inconvenient to us," said customer Cherry Echols. "Everyone is used to coming here to the store to purchase items."

A-1 was allowed to reopen after agreeing to put up No Trespassing signs and security cameras. We saw several on the store.

They also must hire a security guard, who we did not see in the store.

Despite that, neighbors are glad the criminals are gone.

"They got them away from around here and that's a good thing," Echols said.

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