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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Seafood Charlie’s, which opened last month in Salem, is closed indefinitely as the owner decides whether it is worth his time and money to comply with state regulations.
Charlie Counts had been selling fresh seafood at farmers markets since 2011. He decided this year to expand his business by opening a store on Fourth Street in Salem.
Things were going well, and the store was regularly selling out of fish, which he picked up every week in North Carolina. But then the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services notified Counts that he needed to label his food and install two more sinks, among other tasks, Counts said.
He wasn’t sure Tuesday whether he would invest the time and money to comply.
Counts is taking the week off from the farmers markets to figure out what to do with the building. He said he plans to return to the markets next week, but even that might come to an end because he is not earning enough money to make it worth his time.
Counts said he is exploring options that would allow him to continue to sell outside the farmers markets.
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