An odor-reducing device sits
atop a cooler at The Asian Grocery, 2120 E. Moreland Blvd.
WAUKESHA – A local Waukesha Asian market is facing possible
eviction after there were complaints about the smell of
spices there from neighboring businesses.
Pranab Dash, manager of The Asian Grocery at 2120 E.
Moreland Blvd., said that last week he received an eviction
notice for Nov. 20, due to the smell of some of the spices
inside the store.
“We have the same spices as any other Asian grocery,” Dash
said. “The spices are sealed and in packaging.”
Dash and the store owner, his wife, Sasmita, moved from
Brookfield to Waukesha and have a larger proportion of
Indian spices, due to a locally strong Indian community.
Greg Butts, property manager of the location, said the lease
started in November of 2012 and the couple opened the store
in early spring.
Spices and cooking items line a
shelf at The Asian Grocery, 2120 E. Moreland Blvd.
said after the Dashes first opened the store, he received
complaints from nearby tenants about the smell of the
When the problem first occurred, Butts said, they called an
environmental company to evaluate the odor situation. Dash
then rented equipment that absorbed the spice smells and
resolved the issue.
Butts said he received complaints about the odor again about
four weeks ago.
“With some of the particular spices, some people are more
sensitive to those than other people,” Butts said.
Some of the odor-absorbing equipment had been
malfunctioning, Dash said. He and his wife then got new
equipment, which they are currently running, he said.
The Asian Grocery shares space
in the strip mall at 2120 E. Moreland Blvd. with other
businesses. The store has received an eviction notice after
neighboring businesses complained about the smell of spices.
our hope that the issue has been resolved again,” Butts
said. He added that as long as no neighboring businesses are
being affected, there is no reason the market cannot go back
to business as usual.
Butts plans to check in next week about the spices. Dash
said the eviction notice is still in place and is concerned
for the future.
“We’ve put our life savings to building this business,” Dash