Dollar General in Hardin closed due to safety violations

Liberty County Asst. Fire Marshal Craig Powell talks to a Dollar General employee outside of the Hardin store. The store was closed this week due to safety code violations.

The Liberty County Fire Marshal’s Office closed the Dollar General store in Hardin yesterday afternoon after it found “several violations,” according to Asst. Fire Marshal and Hardin Fire Chief Craig Powell.

“We did an inspection back in August after we received a complaint from a citizen regarding the aisles being blocked to wheelchairs. They were not ADA (American Disabilities Act) compliant,” Powell said.

During the inspection, the Fire Marshal’s Office also reportedly found several other violations such as the back door and emergency exits blocked by merchandise and debris and the fire extinguishers also inaccessible due to overcrowding of merchandise, Powell said.

“The only fire extinguisher that was accessible was the one behind the sales counter,” he said.

Powell said the store was given an opportunity to fix the violations but they were still found to not be in compliance this week and were forced to close.

“They were told to close the doors until the problems are resolved. They will have to file for a new certificate of occupancy and pass another inspection before they can reopen,” Powell said.

Powell and Fire Marshal Bill Hergemueller know the dangers of fire inside a general merchandise store like Dollar General. In August 2018, the Dollar General store in Tarkington was destroyed by fire. Both Powell and Hergemueller battled that blaze.

Signs saying, “Sorry, we are closed” are posted on the doors at the Dollar General Store in Hardin.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.


  1. It’s about time that something has been done about the Hardin Dollar Store. It was a hazard to even walk in that store. Thanks to the Fire Department for looking out for the communities safety.

  2. It’s about time that store has always been a mess now they need to come to Daisetta to the family dollar it is just as bad!

  3. i see this in all of them especially the one next to thrift tee and some don’t allow customers access to the rest rooms like the one on 321 next to the high school the manager at that store cussed me out just for asking i never went to that store again and never will

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