US (TX): North Haven Gardens rebuilds after Dallas’ October tornadoes

Four months after violent weather caused $2 billion worth of damage across a wide swath from northwest Dallas to Richardson, hundreds of homeowners and business owners are still deciding whether to rebuild or move on.

At North Haven Gardens, the Pinkus family says, along with the initial disbelief and grieving came one sign after another that they should stay put and rebuild.

North Haven, which was turned into a pile of rubble, closed for three weeks until it held a “Survivor Sale” with the plants and merchandise that were salvageable after the storm. When it reopened Nov. 25 with live Christmas trees, its lights were the only ones on in the neighborhood.

Now the business is fully stocked for this spring’s planting season, operating from temporary structures: two office trailers, two new greenhouses and a large party tent that’s subbing for a permanent store.

“Our customers are displaced,” said Jon Pinkus, whose parents, Ralph and Muriel Pinkus, founded North Haven Gardens in 1951. “The neighborhood is very supportive.

“Business wasn’t so good in February, but we’re doing better than the insurance company expected,” Pinkus said.

Anytime now, the weather will break, and it will feel like spring, he said. “We have to be ready.”

Read more at The Dallas Morning News (Maria Halkias)

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