District attorney announces nuisance store reopening

District attorney announces nuisance store reopening
After an agreement with a judge, The Express Deli and Grocery will reopen. (Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The Shelby County District Attorney’s office announced on Wednesday that a Midtown store would reopen after it was deemed a nuisance. In a press release, the office said The Express Deli and Grocery, at the corner of Jefferson and N. Claybrook in the medical district would reopen after a a judge came to an agreement with the owner. The corner store was closed last week after police said it attracted loiterers, crack cocaine dealers and was the site of “illegal and dangerous activity.”

As part of the agreement, the owner, Fatima Saeidi, will install security lighting and surveillance cameras along with giving police access to those cameras. The store will also be required to hire a security guard. The owner will also have to pay $300 to the Memphis Police Department to help offset the cost of the investigation. No trespassing signs will also have to be placed on the property.

According to the district attorney’s office, Memphis Police responded to the store 69 times between June of 2016 and September 2018. There were 29 arrests, including 17 felony arrests on the store’s premises and nearby during those calls.

There is no word on when the The Express Deli and Grocery is set to reopen.

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