Springfield Ave. store closed by health dept., reopened

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Springfield Avenue 7-Eleven reopened July 10, after being closed by the Maplewood Health Department for violations of the township’s health code July 6, and is now operating with a “conditionally satisfactory” designation. One of three 7-Eleven locations in Maplewood, the Springfield Avenue location, near Tuscan Road, was closed because of a mouse infestation.

According to Candice Davenport, the health department’s public health nurse supervisor, in a phone interview with the News-Record on July 11, the store was closed and instructed to clean. After the weekend, it was opened conditionally.

“We’ll go back next week,” Robert Roe, Maplewood’s health officer, said in a phone interview with the News-Record on July 13. “They had an exterminator and cleaned up the shelves and we’ll go back and see. If it does remain a problem we’ll tell them to close again. Any place could have a mouse, and as long as you take care of it, it doesn’t turn into a problem.”

Managers of the Springfield Avenue 7-Eleven did not return a request for comment by press time on July 17.