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Wall collapse may force Harrisburg tire shop owner into bankruptcy

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Nov 10, 2016 11:09 AM
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U.S. Representative Scott Perry meets with Howard Henry, who owns Howard Tire in Harrisburg.

(Harrisburg) -- A Harrisburg businessman closed the doors to his business more than a month ago. Now, the wall that collapsed on top of Howard Henry's shop may force him into bankruptcy.

Tons of debris is sitting on top of the roof of one of Henry's warehouses at Howard Tire and Auto in Harrisburg.

It's from a wall that was supporting a parking lot owned by the McFarland apartments, but the owners of that building have denied they're responsible for the collapse.

Henry has been stuck in the middle for months.

He's had to shut down his business in Harrisburg's industrial corridor, and lay off a dozen employees.

And he says, it's taking a financial and emotional toll.

"I'm up and down. Some days I'm smiling like this, and some days I'm crying. Frustrated. But I'm at peace most of the time, so I think that's pretty good," says Henry.

Congressman Scott Perry recently visited the business to offer help to mediate the dispute, and Henry says Governor Wolf's office has also stepped forward after months of little help.

Henry says he hopes it's the first step of many that are needed to get the problem resolved.

"My employees call me daily," he says. "That's my big hurt, if I have a big hurt. The money hurts me. My family's concerned, everyone around me is concerned and they're wondering if we're going broke.

"Today we're not going broke. But it will happen. If something doesn't happen soon, I'm going to have to have a public auction or something's going to have to happen. I'm going to run out of money."

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