Westside Shop strikes deal to reopen after padlocking in College Hill Courts

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – At a hearing this morning, District Attorney General Neal Pinkston announced a deal that would allow a convenience store in College Hill Courts to reopen.

He ordered that the Westside Shop be padlocked as a “public nuisance” because of multiple crimes committed at the location over several years.

Today, the D.A., one of the business owners, and his attorney came to an agreement on what needs to be done.

While the injunction has been lifted, the store is not open.

Instead, the store owners will have limited access to the store so the changes can be made.

They will have to address 19 issues before reopening in the next 30 days.

Pinkston told us “There’s a number of things they have to fix. Exterminator, make the place sanitary, bring it up to fire code, any city of Chattanooga building code. they’re going to be providing security personnel for the store.”

Co-owner Moe Saleh said “it’s part of business. I have to do it for the business to be there. Hopefully it work out for the best. you know, I’m sure the police department will help for us to stay in business.”

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