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Trenton Official: Sale of Former A&W Rejected

A local businessman attempted to purchase the former A&W restaurant located across the street from Elizabeth Park in Downtown Trenton.

Residents and others interested in sipping gourmet coffee from a Michigan-born business at the former A&W site in Downtown Trenton--won't get that chance.

A recent attempt to purchase the property and transform the former restaurant into a new Bearclaw Coffee Co. location was rejected, according to Trenton City Administrator Jim Wagner.

Local businessman Mark Hayes recently made an offer to the real estate company responsible for the property, Signature Associates, which was met with a counter offer. Hayes submitted a counter offer of his own and the sale was rejected.

Wagner would not say how much Hayse offered for the property, but did say "he offered more money than the owner paid for it."

The sale was rejected Friday morning and is no longer on the table.

Bearclaw Coffee Co. is a Michigan brand that was founded by Doug and Debi Scroggins in a small log cabin in a cornfield north of Dexter, according to the company's website.

In southeast Michigan, there are Bearclaw Coffee Co. locations in Brownstown, Taylor and Detroit.

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Scott Kloock February 25, 2013 at 02:40 AM
To all those commenting, the article doesn't say whether or not Trenton city officials had a hand in the deal or not, just that... "Local businessman Mark Hayse recently made an offer to the real estate company responsible for the property, Signature Associates, which was met with a counter offer. Hayse submitted a counter offer of his own and the sale was rejected." There may have been things the city could have done to help or they may have tried, but Trenton didn't reject the offer, the owner did.
Kim Munoz February 25, 2013 at 03:08 AM
I am so with you Nancy, i am a business owner in the area and all i hear is our mall is terrible and so is the dinning..We drive to areas like Novi,Plymouth,Troy,Ann Arbor because we are tired of nothing new here.We do not need to see another coney island or cheap ass store....We need to get up to the times and spend our money here instead of elsewhere!!!
Ron February 25, 2013 at 03:18 PM
We're reading this again? Old news.......
sandra February 25, 2013 at 04:22 PM
I miss A&W! Good times and great memories!!! I hope it stays a kid friendly family business..!
Nate Stemen February 25, 2013 at 05:43 PM
@Ron: This may help you understand how our readership works and why some stories are found on Patch more than once. Our weekday readers are often not the same as our weekend readers. The above story was published late Friday and I wanted to make sure as many people had a chance to read it as possible, so I published it on in the Monday newsletter. I hope this helps. I've noticed you have a lot to say about Patch and local news. Would you consider blogging on the site? This would give you an opportunity to speak your mind about any topic, within reason, to a wider audience. Email me at natestemen@patch.com. -- NS

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