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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

Salem Dollar General Store on Main Street Closed by Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office

SALEM - JULY 8, 2023 - The Dollar General Store located at 805 South Main Street has been closed by the Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office.


The action was taken on Friday by the Indiana State Fire Marshall's Office.


Photo: The Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office has closed the Dollar General Store located at 805 South Main Street in Salem, Indiana


Lawrence County Zephyr has reached out to the Salem Fire Department Fire Chief Tom Day and was told to contact the fire department Monday morning.


Lawrence County Zephyr has also reached out by telephone to the local store, and the corporate offices of Dollar General Stores, Inc.


Customers from Salem was attempting to shop at the store when they found the notice of the closure.


Several complaints have been filed with the U.S. Department of Labor from employees about fire exits routes, exit routes, and walkways blocked and merchandise unsafely stacked, conditions that exposed employees and others to fire hazards and struck by injuries that have been common cause for violations at the company stores across the country.


Since 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor OSHA has cited the Dollar General Corp. and Dolencorp LLC, operators of one of the nation's largest discount retail chains, in more than 240 inspections and proposed penalties of more than $20 million.



More recently, OSHA proposed nearly $4.5 Million in penalties in Alabama, Florida, Maine, North Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin done from October through December 2022.


Based in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, Dollar General Corp. and Dolencorp LLC operate about 18,000 stores and 17 distribution centers in 47 states and employ more than 150,000 workers.


Lawrence County Zephyr will provide updates to this story.


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