Midtown deli declared public nuisance; owner heads to court

Midtown deli closed as public nuisance

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - After being deemed a public nuisance, the owner of a Midtown deli will be in court Monday.

During her term, Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich has sent a message that her office will not tolerate businesses that attracts crime.

"Our mission here is not to eliminate businesses in Shelby County. Our point and our mission is to eliminate illegal activity," said Weirich. "We don't want to support and allow businesses to function in our community that are a magnet for criminal activity."

Express Deli and Grocery on Jefferson Avenue near Claybrook is the latest store to be shut down because of numerous incidents involving alleged drug trafficking, prostitution, assaults, robberies and thefts.

WMC Action News 5 was present as the Memphis Police Department’s Organized Crime Unit closed the doors of the store.

The OCU said they responded to 69 calls between June of 2016 and September of 2018 at the deli. Those resulted in 29 arrests.

The store is in a residential and commercial community and is less than a third of a mile from two churches and a school.

Store owner Fatima Saeidi will go before Judge Patrick Dandridge in Environmental Court.

Saeidi will be asked to show why the temporary injunction should not be made permanent.

We will be following the case and keep you updated on what happens.

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