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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 

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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