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The store was able to remain open, and contractors were brought in to repair the problem, O’Neill said. The compressors run various cold cases in the store, so the problem had to be addressed immediately, he said.
“There should be no problem, but the Montgomery County Health Department was notified and will be out there to follow up with the store,” he said.