CS Asian Market Has New Hopes of Re-Opening

By: Alex Villarreal Email
By: Alex Villarreal Email

*Update as of 7:30 p.m.*

The parking lot is empty and the doors are locked at the BCS Asian Market on the corner of Texas and Harvey Mitchell in College Station.
The health department shut down the asian market because of evidence of rat droppings in this corner of the store and they also found teeth marks on bags.

The stores owner, Lee Tran, invited us inside to explain.

Tran said, "Some bag was cut that look like this one, same thing, look like mouse dropping."

He admits to having some droppings inside the market, but he also says pest control comes every month.

"I think its 95% rice," Tran said.

We asked some shoppers what they think about the nine infractions that shut it down.

"I wasn't entirely surprised because its not the most clean place in the world," said one consumer.

Another consumer said, "I've seen rats and droppings and I mean, I wouldn't shop here and bring it home to my kids, that's for sure."

"I hope I'm lucky because I didn't notice any problems before, otherwise, I will not shop here," another consumer said.

Brazos County Health Department Inspectors forced the grocery store to close its doors for 24 hours initially on Wednesday, but when they returned a few hours later, the BCS Asian Market had reopened.

"Our goal is not to disrupt business for anyone, but we need to ensure the public's safety and health and welfare," Dr. Charles Williams, with the Health Authority said.

Local police got the store to close its doors, and now they have to pay a $1,000 fine.

Dr. Williams said, "We are working with Mr. Tran to determine when would be an appropriate time to open back up."

For now, their business forecast is not so clear.
The health department says they will be making a visit over to BCS Asian Market Saturday at 4p.m.
If they have one more issue, their permit to serve food will be taken away.

A College Station store is closed down by the Brazos County Health Department only to reopen its doors to customers despite the mandatory shutdown.

The BCS Asian Market on the corner of Texas and Harvey Mitchell was shut down by inspectors on Wednesday after inspectors found a plethora of pest problems. Fresh rat droppings in the bulk food area along with eight other infractions shut down the grocery store.

Inspectors say the droppings were fresh and that even bags of food were found with gnaw marks on them.

The store was forced to close its doors for 24 hours, but when inspectors returned a few hours later, the BCS Asian Market had reopened for business.

The Brazos County Health Department called in local police and got the store to close its doors. But instead of the original 24 hour mandatory closing, the store will now be closed until Monday morning and will have to a pay a $1000 fine.

We'll have more on this story Friday on KBTX News 3.

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