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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cscharlt February 22, 2013 at 07:07 PM
Trenton City council should get involved with things like this to help get prospective businesses into vacant downtown buildings. Maybe they could lean on the owner, or offer some incentives to help cut the cost of the purchase in the short run? I'd like to see more proactiveness bringing new attractive businesses to the area.
Owen Kuhn February 22, 2013 at 07:09 PM
Here we go again the company who is selling the property must have lots of money to reject an offer for one of its properties that has been for sale for ever. That is good ole American GREED at its best good going Signature I hope you choke on the property.
Teresa February 22, 2013 at 07:11 PM
I wish someone would buy it and reopen it as an A & W. Both my sons worked there and use to walk with them as children to eat there. Great memories!
Owen Kuhn February 22, 2013 at 07:13 PM
That is a good idea and I too think our Council Mayor and administrator more involved in these things may be we would not have so many empty buildings in Trenton they gave the giant Chryslers a break why not the little guy. But of course this is the same except council that rejected an offer next to the ground round for some one who wanted to build a building there but because it was not to their liking they said no and she moved to Plymouth and is doing A BOOMING BUSINESS
L. H. February 22, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Yes I agree with Teresa, keep it an A & W!!! :)
Owen Kuhn February 22, 2013 at 07:41 PM
Hey theresa maybe you should bye it then I too enjoyed it as an a&w but if the person who wants to buy it wants something else then let them buy it and turn it into what ever they want at least it is another business down there. May those looking at that property can buy the real estate across the street from it and build the coffe shop there
Scott Kloock February 22, 2013 at 08:19 PM
The problem with A&W, they want too much for a Franchise fee. The City can try to help, but bottom line is if the seller doesn't agree to the offer, it doesn't happen. Whether they believe it is worth more or the buyer thinks it's worth less... either way, it sux for the city and its residents.
John Juneman February 22, 2013 at 09:32 PM
but what about the poor people?? lmao!!!
nancy werle February 22, 2013 at 09:51 PM
It's a shame....Bearclaw would be PERFECT there!! Denying new business Downriver....very sad!
Owen Kuhn February 22, 2013 at 10:26 PM
Yes Nancy it is a shame and Trenton has no business letting any business escape wanting to locate here the city officials need to be involved in a positive way
michelle churches February 22, 2013 at 11:48 PM
cscharlt February 23, 2013 at 01:46 AM
It really would! Think of all the people that would like a nice coffee while going to one of the parks. I know I could let my kid play and walk out and grab one quickly. The caw that they're Michigan based is just a bonus on top.
Christine C. February 23, 2013 at 02:10 PM
Instead of a business- any business we can all just continue to enjoy the sights of that vacant building! Way to go!
J. Maxwell February 23, 2013 at 05:54 PM
They should go to Woodhaven, they are proactive and business friendly there! Or better yet go to Wyandotte where the Mayor and council welcomes businesses and hence have a thriving city.
Anxhelo February 23, 2013 at 07:27 PM
The city of Trenton always say they want to turn downtown Trenton into something like downtown Wyandotte, this is never going to happen unless we are more open to businesses and for a low price, they need to think smart and know in the long run they will make the money lost back and then start profiting.
cscharlt February 23, 2013 at 10:49 PM
@Nate - if you read this, do you have the resources to find a way to communicate feedback from this site to the city administration? Perhaps I could spend some time going through the city website to see how they prefer to be contacted.
William Riley February 24, 2013 at 02:43 AM
It sounds like someone is waiting for the Chinese with deep pockets to make an offer. It gives a new meaning to the phrase "Buy American"!!!
Owen Kuhn February 24, 2013 at 03:40 AM
right I am surprised that they have not bought up every thing in down town Trenton. It seems as though our own city government does not care so somebody should. Look at the riverside property Wyandotte would of had it down already
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 (Editor) 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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