Busch siblings make offer to buy Grant’s Farm
ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Four Busch siblings that said they wanted to sell Grant’s Farm to the St. Louis Zoo are now making an offer to buy the property.
A spokesman tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that their offer is better than Billy Busch’s proposal. Peter Busch, Beatrice Busch von Gontard, Trudy Busch Valentine and Andrew Busch say they won’t change the farm.
The St.Louis Zoo agrees to buy Grant’s Farm in November 2015 for $30 million from the six brothers and sisters. The complicated deal required a judge’s approval and for voters to approve a new zoo tax to fund the operation.
Billy Busch proposed a counter offer of $24 million to make the farm into his Kräftig brewery headquarters.
The four siblings released this statement:
We four Busch siblings have made an offer to buy Grant’s Farm to continue to operate it in the same way that the public has loved for 62 years. In recent months, we have heard the community speak very clearly about their deep affection for Grant’s Farm and the great visitor experience that millions of people have enjoyed.
We all grew up at Grant’s Farm and are thrilled that St. Louisans and visitors alike are so enthusiastic about a place we love deeply. Our father, Gussie Busch, opened Grant’s Farm to the public so that others could share in its beauty, magic and fun. He wanted this wonderful place to be available for the public to enjoy in perpetuity, if possible with Busch family ownership, and we are committed to fulfill his vision.
The purpose of our offer and our commitment is to preserve Grant’s Farm as an iconic St. Louis treasure. We and our families plan to honor Grant’s Farm’s heritage of the Busch family, animals, nature, and family fun for today and for generations to come. Our family will make significant investments in the natural landscape and maintenance of buildings and facilities.
Grant’s Farm has become one of the St. Louis region’s most beloved attractions in an excellent partnership with Anheuser-Busch since 1954. Together with Anheuser-Busch, we will keep the Grant’s Farm experience just as it has been, from natural beauty to animals to complimentary beer. We look forward to another summer of fun at Grant’s Farm starting on Opening Day, April 16.