Bridgeport health department closes store 4 times in 2 days

BRIDGEPORT — The city’s health department had to order an establishment to close its doors four times in the past two days because it does not have the proper licenses, officials said.

Bridgeport police and members of the city Department of Public Health went on Tuesday to J&J Variety Store, 3145 Main St. on a complaint that the business did not have the required food and tobacco licenses, according to Scott Appleby, the city’s director of emergency management/communications and homeland security.

Just hours after it was closed Tuesday, it was open again, Appleby said. Police and health department officials responded and again shut down the business.

On Wednesday, Bridgeport police and health department members again responded to the location and found it had reopened while still in violation of the ordinance. It was again closed, Appleby said.

Then, according to initial police dispatch reports, police noticed the same establishment was again open around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Each time the health department goes out to a business open without a license leads to a fine of up to $100, city records of the ordinance show.

Appleby said in order to reopen, the establishment’s owner can get the required licenses. Otherwise, “they can keep violating the closure and be fined each time the Department of Public Health comes back out to close them down,” he said.

J&J’s closure comes more than six months after the health department closed two stores in just as many days.

On July 31, the Sunshine Deli on the city’s East End was shut down for a variety of violations. The establishment is permanently closed, according to a ruling from the state Department of Public Health last month.

The following day, Aug. 1, the city’s health department ordered The Snack Shop at 604 Newfield Ave. to close its doors for various violations. The store’s current status was unclear as of Wednesday.