Last updated: December 23. 2013 5:07PM - 3341 Views
HEATHER RUTZ hrutz@limanews.com

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LIMA — A home and garden business owner said Monday he is negotiating with a credit card company that sued him for lack of payment.

Tim DeHaven also said any rumor that DeHaven Home and Garden Showplace is closing is not accurate.

“None of that stuff is true,” DeHaven said. “It’s a credit card, and it’s nothing that won’t get resolved.”

Wells Fargo Bank filed a lawsuit Dec. 16 in Allen County Common Pleas Court seeking payment of $102,000 owed on a business line of credit. DeHaven personally signed for the credit; it’s his obligation, in addition to the obligation of the business.

DeHaven Home and Garden Showplace has two locations, 775 Shawnee Road, Lima, and 15276 E. U.S. Route 224, Findlay. The Findlay location is closed now, but it will reopen in the spring, DeHaven said.

In November, DeHaven sold the fireplace portion of the garden and home center business.

DeHaven has battled significant health challenges the past several years, including rehabilitation after amputations.

“It’s been tough the last few years; I’ve had a lot on my plate. We’re trying to keep things going,” DeHaven said.

DeHaven’s is a local favorite for garden and home items. It was named best lawn and garden store this year in The Lima News’ Best of the Region section. It has been locally owned and operated for 59 years and is in its fourth generation of ownership.

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