YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The original Handel’s in Youngstown reopened to the public on Monday.
It was temporarily closed after an armed robbery at the location last month.
The store reopened at 11 a.m. and customers have been flooding in ever since.
Some customers said when they heard about the reopening, they just had to come out right away and grab their favorite flavors. The customers said they grew up with Handel’s and never lose hope for the business.
“Oh, there was a smile on my face. You can’t take this from the south side of Youngstown. This is history for us,” said customer Crystal Carpenter.
The store manager said on Monday that they knew it would be a hectic day, but they were ready for it.
“It’s opening day. I’m very, very excited. I don’t think anyone as missed this place like I have,” said manager Special Patterson.
Police said an employee was robbed while leaving the store to go to the bank last month. Officers released surveillance photos of the three suspects, who still have not been found.
Youngstown police chief Robin Lees said security at the location is heightened after the incident.
“You can see there’s a number of security upgrades, which some are visible and some are not, so we’re fairly confident that we will not see a repeat of what happened before and of course we will have an increased presence in the area,” Lees said.
Crimestoppers is offering $2,500 for information leading to their arrests. Those with information are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 330-746-CLUE.
Patterson said when the store closed down, she did not know what to expect.
“At first I got a little nervous, like, we’re going to shut down for a little bit. We were not hearing anything, so I’m like, ‘Oh my goodness, are we never going to open back up?’ But no, no I didn’t think we were going to be over,” Patterson said.
Patterson said the community is a big part of Handel’s success.