Hartford police say three convenience stores in the North End are closed until further notice after failing inspection by a team of city and state inspectors on Monday. A fourth business, Hartford Liquor, passed all its inspections and remains open.
Hartford Police were accompanied by City License
and Inspection, Fire Prevention and Department of Health and Human Services representatives and by state Department of Revenue Services, Department of Labor, Department of Protection, Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Consumer Protection, and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection representatives to make sure the businesses were complying with tax, food, sanitation, electrical and fire codes.
At Willy’s Super Deli on Capen Street, inspectors found payroll or labor law violations, structural/building code violations and untaxed cigarettes for sale. In addition, two clerks at the deli, 27-year-old Jose Hernandez-Herrera of Capen Street and 489-year-old Luis Martinez of Bannister Street were arrested for possession of a hallucinogenic substance and interference with police.
D&R Grocery on Capen Street, was cited for liquor law violations, health code violations (expired food for sale,) payroll or labor law violations and structural or building code violations.
And My Food Market on Capen Street was cited for health code violations and payroll or labor law violations.
All three were closed pending new inspections. When police learned that D&R had reopened within hours, it was closed a second time. Additional fines will be imposed and additional charges imposed in connection with the re-opening.