The last remaining Clayton’s coffee bar in the United States will close at the end of the month, according to the owners, who say they’re losing millions of dollars because of a downturn in sales.
Clayton’s is owned by the Clayton family, which was once a longtime family business in the small Texas town of Clayton.
Clayton and his brother John Clayton, who owns a chain of restaurants in Texas, decided to leave their home town in 2008, and Clayton’s plans to reopen in Austin were dashed when the economy collapsed in 2008.
Clayton says the family’s biggest concern is for their customers, and they’re hoping to reopen another location in the Austin area by the end, which would mean they’d have to close all of their existing locations in the state.
They’re also considering expanding to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
When Clayton’s closed in 2010, the company faced a loss of nearly $100 million.
Clayton said they decided to sell the business to a company called Wackenhut, which had the same business model as Clayton’s.
Clayton told HuffPost that Wackenut was offering a better deal, but they were still competing for the same customers.
Clayton explained to HuffPost that his decision to sell his business to Wackensteinut was a simple one, and he’s confident that they’ll succeed.
“If we can stay focused on what we’re doing, it’s going to be fine,” he said.
“We’re going to continue to grow, but we’re going for the long-term and hopefully we can still keep doing what we do well.”
Clayton told HuffPost they’re currently selling a portion of their inventory to the Wackensut company.
The company did not respond to a request for comment.
Clays family also owns Clayton’s Famous Coffee Roasters, which opened in 2012 in the same building where Clayton’s once stood.
Clayton is no longer associated with Clayton’s, but he did say that his brothers are still involved in the business.
As Clayton’s closes, the family is offering refunds to customers who purchase a bottle of Clayton’s Classic Blend coffee, which Clayton said is available to be purchased in-store.