ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — The fate of Grant’s Farm has finally been announced.
In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, a spokesperson for the Busch family said that a partnership group formed by Beatrice Busch Von Gontard, Peter Busch, Trudy Busch Valentine, Andrew Busch, and Robert Hermann Jr., grandson of August A. Busch Jr. (Gussie), plan to purchase the 270-acre attraction and keep it open and free to the public.
The new ownership group has welcomed Billy Busch to join them, which he is reportedly considering.
Billy Busch released a statement on the announcement:
I am relieved that this two-year ordeal over the ownership of my family’s estate, Grant’s Farm, has finally reached a conclusion. I thank everyone for their support during this process.
As you know, my main objective all along has been to fight for the wishes of my father, August A. “Gussie” Busch Jr., who stated in his last will and testament that he wanted Grant’s Farm to remain in the Busch family.
I am pleased that I could convince my siblings of the importance of keeping Grant’s Farm and our family home preserved and under Busch ownership. Moving forward, I have the option to buy-in with my siblings, and this is something my wife, Christi, our seven children, and I are discussing.
Additionally, we are focused on continuing to write the next chapter of the Busch brewing legacy. We are committed to growing our multi award-winning beers, Kräftig Lager and Kräftig Light, and expanding our beer portfolio.
“We are absolutely thrilled by this outcome,” said Trudy Busch Valentine, Gussie Busch’s daughter and St. Louis resident. “Our grandfather bought Grant’s Farm in 1903. It means so much to our family to preserve this legacy. We look forward to partnering with Anheuser-Busch Inbev (ABI) and preserving Grant’s Farm for the enjoyment of the local community as well as our family for generations to come.”
The future of Grant’s Farm had been up in the air since November 2015 when the Saint Louis Zoo was considering purchasing the farm for $30 million from the Busch Family Real Estate Trust.
In March of 2016 Billy Busch unveiled his plan for acquiring and renovating Grant’s Farm. Two days after Billy Busch announce his 10-year business plan to buy and operate Grant’s Farm from the Family Trust, the Saint Louis Zoo suddenly dropped its offer.
In June of 2016, a judge said that Wells Fargo would decide the fate of the farm.