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      Two Syracuse corner stores shut down after another round of inspections

      The Stop-n-Save on Midland Ave. Wednesday.

      Two more Syracuse corner stores have been shut down after another round of surprise inspections last week.

      Mayor Stephanie Miner announced in a news release that the Stop-n-Save at 700 Midland Avenue and the Columbus Deli at 1700 East Fayette Street have been closed due to safety issues.

      Miner says the Stop-n-Save was inspected on October 1 and had numerous codes violations, including open sewers, illegal hot water installation, illegal wiring, open electrical wiring and boxes, and no accessibility to electric service. Miner says the store passed a contingency inspection during the second round of checks in early September, but failed a follow-up inspection last week.

      The city also says the Columbus Deli was is closed because of to illegal wiring, open sewers, incorrectly wired exit signs, exit path door swing problems, a locked exit door, inoperable gas shut-off, improper venting, and unsupported gas lines.

      "Today's inspections show corner store owners are taking this city initiative seriously and are taking responsibility for their actions," said Miner in a statement to the media. "By having aggressive inspections of corner stores and focusing on building strong businesses, we are improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods."

      City Hall says eight other stores passed inspection, including Hello Geddes, West Side Food, Ariel's, Way-In, the Downtown Smokeshop, the Valero on North Salina Street, Daddy's, and Dream Food Mart.