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Owner of Wyandotte Coffee Shop The Grind ‘Forced to Close’ by New Landlords

Although the owner did tell sources close to the business she was planning on selling in the near the future, she was never planning on retiring.

Local coffee shop, The Grind closed its doors Monday, Jan. 13 after nearly 20 years of business. Photo: Andrew Thurlow
Local coffee shop, The Grind closed its doors Monday, Jan. 13 after nearly 20 years of business. Photo: Andrew Thurlow

The owner of the local coffee shop, The Grind says she was forced to close her business after new owners raised the rent in excess of what she considers to be a reasonable amount.

Rumors circulating about the closing of the coffee shop due to owner Rose Henry’s retirement were not true.

Although Henry did tell sources close to the business that she was planning on selling in the near the future, she was never planning on retiring. 

“I am not retiring,” Henry said Monday. “I was forced to close because the sale fell through” when the potential buyers were informed by the landlord that the rent would increase over 73 percent to somewhere between $2,600 and $2,900 a month, she said.  

Henry was renting from the former owners of the building before it was sold to a local business owner last month.

Henry said she wanted to sell the business because it was the right time for she and her family.

“My children were grown, since one is away at college and the other will be graduating soon, I’m not needed as much anymore,” she said.

Henry tried to sell the business several times. In fact, she had “three excellent buyers who wanted to buy it, and keep it operating,” she said. “But, due to the increase in rent, they all walked.”  

“If the rent had stayed the same price, I could have easily sold it and the business would have remained open,” she said.

“It really hurt me because I did not want to do that. Every time I see a longtime customer it just breaks my heart.”

Many patrons expressed outrage on Facebook following news of the closure.

Michael Robillard said: “If that is true about who bought the property and raised the rent, I guess we lose one business and stop giving our business to another.”

“Why don't you take it up with…Wyandotte Patch? They wrote the retirement story. This is ridiculous,” April Smith Ciolek said. 

Rene Terese Navarre-Shureb said: “She did not retire...I say customers picket in front of (the) store saying we want Rose back!”

Others were a bit subtler.

“Business owners further spreading rumors are not making their businesses look very good,” Phyllis Rosa said. 

Pat Clarkson said: “Hate to see it go. Loved seeing all the motorcycles parked out front and sitting out there.”

Henry also feels that she was kept in the dark during the sale.

“To this day, I have not seen any type of legal change of ownership,” she said. “I’m just going by what has transpired.”

andrew.thurlow@patch.com 

sam beausejour January 15, 2014 at 10:04 AM
I think (jack) is joes hamburgers!!!!! He's Very defensive of the burger stand. I don't think he was law enforcement at all. It all seems personal to him. Bet the name does start with a ( J ) but its not jack!!!
Judy Maiga Izzo January 15, 2014 at 10:07 AM
Seriously, Sam, just stop stirring the pot. We don't need it.
dvedro January 15, 2014 at 10:23 AM
These landlords are the reason Wyandotte's losing good businesses
sam beausejour January 15, 2014 at 10:23 AM
Judy. When you say we, are you implying that your part of joes along with the so called jack. I'm just trying to find the truth
Judy Maiga Izzo January 15, 2014 at 10:39 AM
Yeah, Sam, that's it - I'm Joe, Your Joe, everyone on here is REALLY JOE!!! What I meant by WE was the people of Wyandotte who aren't interested in mud slinging, name calling or bringing down good people on both sides of this issue in the name of gossip. YOU are directly contributing to that by starting rumors so STOP.
Diana Jackson January 15, 2014 at 10:46 AM
THIS is the most unproductive subject I have read in a long time. Granted someone is closing their business this happens everyday, everywhere. In my opinion if it was the hospital, fire station, police station we would have something to be concerned about. Property's sell, lease's end, rents get increased...this is a fact of life. That is part of a free world. Thank God for that.
Jack January 15, 2014 at 01:45 PM
Amen!
Joe Johnson January 15, 2014 at 02:39 PM
Diana, you are 100 percent right in the fact that properties sell, leases end, and rent gets raided. However there is a correct and incorrect way to go about doing all of those things. Increasing rent by over 70 percent in a one month period is not the correct way of doing things. Whoever the new owner is, whether it be jack (seams realistic), judy, or Noone here, should have offered the grind a more realistic approach to try and help them find an easier way out. It's simple as that and that is why I believe everyone is so upset. The grind helped this city in so many ways and just got kicked to the curb. I for one believe that karma will be served to the new owner and his or her business no matter who that is
sam beausejour January 15, 2014 at 02:45 PM
(Jack) you claim to be prior law enforcement. You should know better than anybody that when someone refuses to talk , they are hideing something. Why haven't. Joes burgers said anything yet? Could it be they are still making a story up
Judy Maiga Izzo January 15, 2014 at 03:22 PM
Wow, Joe, thanks for adding my name to the 3 Ring Circus of Speculation going on here, but rest assured, I am not the owner. The point in any comments I have made, as a resident who happens to love this City and who also despises idle gossip for the harm it can bring, is that the Patch irresponsibly ran a story with an explosive headline based on 1/3 of a story. Without knowing anything about what really went down (which is what 99 percent of you here know) I am not rushing to judgment on anything. As one wise commenter here said, regardless of the facts, this is NONE of our business. The Patch, in the most unprofessional move I have seen so far, took it upon themselves to run this knowing next to nothing and interviewing only one party. So, thanks to the Patch for tearing up the community you are supposed to be bringing together and supporting. And again, Sam, if you continue to wildly speculate about things, perhaps you could get a job with the Patch. Seems the thing to do.
Judy Maiga Izzo January 15, 2014 at 03:35 PM
Thanks for posting, Teresa - Refreshing to read an actual article presenting more than just opinion.
Joe Johnson January 15, 2014 at 03:55 PM
Judy, not really my point in what I said, just know it was speculated above. I believe your not the owner. My point is whoever the new owner is made a pretty shady move whether there commenting here or not. That's the only fact that I see for sure in this article.
Jack January 15, 2014 at 04:02 PM
Sam, Since no one is on trial here, that is a moot point. But, just for you to file it away, remaining silent is no indication of guilt or innocence. Not exactly sure of the wording of the old saying but, it goes something like this......Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. Gosh it is so much fun having a battle of wits with an un-armed man. Sam, my history in Wyandotte goes back to the days of "Chuck the Cop" and "Hoot" Gibson. Toodles
Karen R January 15, 2014 at 04:11 PM
Happy to see the NEWS HERALD writers at least try to show the whole picture. What I read proved three facts: Rose tried to sell the Grind thus keeping it alive in Wyandotte, Buyers interested in keeping The Grind open backed out because of the High Rent, and Wyandotte lost an Iconic and much loved Coffee house. I think if the landowner had either kept the rent at the ORIGINAL monthly rate ( $1500 I believe) or possibly only a bit higher for 6 months and then negotiated a higher rent ( If that's what he wanted) then he would still be collecting rent, As it is now he has an empty building. Hopefully it will be rented soon. GOOD LUCK ROSE, WE WILL MISS YOU!
maggie henry January 15, 2014 at 04:14 PM
yes the lease did state $2300 for a payment, but the RENT amount is $1500, and the additional $800 was to pay off an accumulation of owed rent over 19 years, which is owed to the OLD LANDLORD. we had this payment squared away with him and would pay any past rent with the proceeds of the sale of the business. but since we were unable to sell the business because Jeremy insisted the RENT amount is $2300 (even though the lease agreement clearly states it is $1500), unfortunately we had no other choice.
Earl of Sandwich January 15, 2014 at 04:33 PM
It's the American way. Property owners do what is in their best interest. You can't blame them for that. People can also get sliders just about anywhere in Wyandotte now a days.
Margaret Hoste January 15, 2014 at 08:26 PM
This feed is so ridiculous.
yanddot January 16, 2014 at 07:47 AM
I'm glad I'm not a coffee drinker. You are an excitable bunch!
Rhonda 'Roni' Gutierrez January 16, 2014 at 08:56 AM
The "Bikers" were actually Christian biker clubs. They are very good, sweet people. Rose is amazing!! She always made me feel like family. She truly loved her customers and took the time to get to know my name after my first visit. You don't find that kind of personal interaction in businesses these days. Wyandotte lost a great business and a wonderful woman when those doors closed. :(
Darlene Herrick January 16, 2014 at 07:17 PM
All three of my daughters would hang out at the Grind to meet with friends, play a board game or do homework. Will definitely miss it as a part of downtown Wyandotte as well as all the friendly bikers I would pass in my walks down Biddle. Hate to see another vacant storefront.
M. P. January 18, 2014 at 11:42 AM
@Maggie- What? Did your mother think she was off the hook for the back debt? If not , how did she plan to pay it off? Most likely -it's a common part of such a sale- is that Jeremy bought the debt with the buildings. And in that case, your mother owed Jeremy the extra payment. It sounds to me like someone is either a very poor businessperson or a bit of a scammer. I'll assume the former...
M. P. January 18, 2014 at 05:26 PM
Here's another question: Did the potential buyers check with the building owner to see what the rent would be, or did they take Rose's word? If so, it's entirely possible she lost the sale of her business through her own ignorance. The past debt probably would've had to be paid off by her before such a sale.
Andrew Thurlow (Editor) January 18, 2014 at 07:44 PM
Stay classy Wyandotte.
Jack January 18, 2014 at 07:54 PM
Andrew, There should be a comma between classy & Wyandotte. Stay classy, Andrew
Andrew Thurlow (Editor) January 18, 2014 at 08:21 PM
No, the comma is optional. The "T" in there before Andrew should be capitalized, though. And you forgot the period, too, Jack.
Judy Maiga Izzo January 18, 2014 at 11:29 PM
Wow. Just wow.
Earl of Sandwich January 18, 2014 at 11:46 PM
Give it back to them Andrew. They can dish it out, but can't take it. Keep up the great work.
Joe Johnson January 19, 2014 at 02:33 AM
Earl what team are you on lol. I wasn't trying to "dish it" to anyone , just trying to state facts. M.P. solid point. Jack why correct someone on Grammer on an Internet comment post? Seems like your really out to just start something
Karen R January 19, 2014 at 12:56 PM
MP> I think you should get more facts before you start speculating on what Rose "thought".. I know for a FACT ( and its none your business how) That Rose intended on paying off her debt with the proceeds from the sale and also that the REASON the sales ( from at least two separate potential buyers ) did not go through because the real estate had to contact the LANDLORD to ask about the future Rent and then disclose it to the potential buyers. Wouldn't YOU want to know what you would be paying in future rent if you were buying a business? YES unless you are an idiot. The landlord must have known exactly what was going on when he was asked about the future rent for the buyers. GEEZ, THE GRIND IS GONE. Lets give it all a rest. ROSE did nothing wrong, she just wanted to sell her business and was unable to. Now Jeremy has an empty building to Rent ( maybe two if he owns the one his Hamburger place is in now, and once he moves to the one next to the now empty GRIND building) Oh well. BTW Jack> Grammer? really? This isn't a THESIS for goodness sake!
Judy Maiga Izzo January 30, 2014 at 12:05 AM
http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/money/business_news/reports-hyper-local-news-websites-patch-hit-with-massive-round-of-layoffs

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