Billy Busch Says He Can Afford to Keep Grant’s Farm in Family

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – In his last will and testament, the late, great, beer barron Gussie Busch warned his heirs – whatever you do, don’t sell Grant’s Farm.

Now, Anheuser-Busch InBev is proposing it pay the $30 million purchase price to get Grant’s Farm from the Busch Family Real Estate Trust and turn it over to the Saint Louis Zoo, which would relieve the brewery of the annual $4-to-8 million operating cost.

In a statement released Wednesday night, Billy Busch said he made an offer to buy Grant’s Farm to keep it in the family, and to keep it open to families and tourists.

The only change Billy suggests is adding a small brewery.

“Grant’s Farm is definitely a treasure to St. Louis, and I want nothing more than to keep in the family,” Billy Busch told Charlie Brennan on KMOX Thursday morning.

Billy, along with brother Adolphus, is challenging the proposed sale of Grant’s Farm to the Zoo Museum District.

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Billy told Brennan his offer is 10 percent less than the $30 million the zoo is offering, but comes without the ifs.

“If a tax can get passed – those kinds of things. So we don’t have those contingencies at all, and we can close very soon,” he said.

Billy said he is having an in-depth business plan done to ease his family’s concerns about his ability to keep it going for years to come.

The statement below was released on behalf of the four Busch siblings supporting the sale of Grant’s Farm to the Saint Louis Zoo:

“We are excited about the opportunity for the Zoo to acquire Grant’s Farm. Acquisition of Grant’s Farm by the Zoo will fulfill our father’s strong desire that this beloved institution be maintained intact for benefit of the community as a free animal attraction open to the public. Ownership and operation of Grant’s Farm by one of the world’s best zoos would assure that families will be able to enjoy a great outing at Grant’s Farm for many generations to come.”

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