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Lexington Market reopens Saturday after voluntary closure Friday

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Posted at 11:58 AM, Jul 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-13 15:07:41-04

After voluntarily closing Friday following some unwanted recent publicity courtesy of a rat in a bakery's display case, Lexington Market will reopen at 6 a.m. Saturday as normally scheduled.

"We are continuing to thoroughly treat every area of our premises; and the problem has been contained and resolved," the company that manages the market said in a statement Friday. "We thank our merchants, staff, and contractors for working together as a team during the voluntary temporary closure today. We apologize for any inconvenience to our customers and look forward to continuing to serve as a resource for the community and for visitors to Baltimore. Thank you for your continued support"

Earlier Friday, the company decided to close the market proactively in an attempt to get ahead of the situation and dispel fears about the market's cleanliness and hygene. 

"We are proactively making this decision to expedite our work with the Health Department, our merchants, our staff, and our pest control company," the market's management group said in an initial statement Friday. "This will enable us to take every necessary step to ensure that we are providing the best possible experience for our customers."