ANDERSON TWP., Ohio – A massive sinkhole swallowed a portion of a local plant shop’s parking lot during a particularly wet spring in 2011.
Plants by Wolfangel in Anderson Township reopened Tuesday after being shut down over the past two years.
Barb Henry, owner of Plants by Wolfangel, said the business experienced a sinkhole in April of 2011 and another one opened that June, which cut the property completely in half.
She said her business stayed open as the holes grew larger and until neighboring business Taco Bell approached her in August of 2011 and agreed to buy the front half of her property. Henry retained and maintained the back end of the property and reopened the grounds nearly two years later.
“Apparently people were driving by, watching for us to reopen,” Henry said. “Tuesday, when we passed our last inspection and we moved the parking lot barrier, you know, they say build it and they will come and thankfully they did.”
After replacing an old pipe, Henry is looking to move forward and hopes sinkholes aren’t a problem for the business’s future.
“It’s exciting to hear [people] say they’ve been watching and waiting and they’ve been very supportive and they’ve been complimentary of the new site,” Henry said. “They think it’s nice looking and working well, so we’re happy.”