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Floor supervisor Linda Pina tries out the new floor prior to the water damage. (Photo courtesy Rolling Thunder Family Fun Center)

TIFFIN — After a new family fun center in Tiffin announced a “major setback” to its plans to open in February 2020, many have been wondering how the water damage occurred.

“Unfortunately, the newly-installed maple floor has been severely damaged by water and must be replaced,” owner Tim Thwaits said in statement.

“The entire situation has been turned over to an attorney in hopes of gaining a remedy. Please remember, we are not interested in placing blame. Our goal is today, was yesterday, and will be tomorrow, to bring Tiffin and Seneca County a family fun center,” Thwaits continued.

“As a result of this, we will not be opening on February the first. This is extremely difficult for us and we ask that you please be respectful if you choose to post. None the less, our passion, and drive to bring you this business will allow us to move forward no matter how difficult. We thank you for your understanding and compassion.”

The business decided to move to Tiffin after a study revealed more than half of their business came from outside of Findlay.

“The mall ownership has went out of their way to accommodate our business. The City of Tiffin has also worked long and hard to get this done,” Thwaits previously said.

Roofing issues have plagued the Tiffin Mall, with buckets on the floor to collect dripping water from the ceiling becoming a regular occurrence throughout the building.

“Our research over the last couple years shows that much of our business is from Tiffin and Seneca County. We have the opportunity and the time is right to move our business here and provide a family friendly activity center to the community,” Thwaits said.

Rolling Thunder has been a staple of the Findlay-Hancock County community since the end of 2010, providing kids and family entertainment through a skating rink, arcade, birthday party services, as well as skate sales and repair.

The same amenities will be offered in the Tiffin location, which is anticipated to be larger than the current Findlay location, allowing for the possibility of a larger rink and/or more entertainment options.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz supports the planned development. “I am pleased that Tim is looking at Tiffin to relocate his operations and the City of Tiffin will do whatever we can to help facilitate the move,” he said.

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