Long-time customer buys Milli Coffee Roasters to keep it open

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Milli Coffee Roasters in Charlottesville was on the brink of closing its doors last week. A last-minute sale from a long-time customer is helping to keep the doors open.

Milli has been a staple in the Charlottesville coffee scene since it was opened in July of 2012 by Nick and Nicole Leichtenritt.

In February, Nick Leichtenritt passed away suddenly.

Nicole Leichtenritt had decided to close the business entirely. She worked behind the scenes to try and sell it to no avail.

"Closing a business that you found is always bittersweet," said Leichtenritt.

Once she announced the pending closure, she was flooded with people that were interested in purchasing the business.

"A lot of sadness about hearing it was going to go and a lot of phone calls about how do we save it," she added.

John Borgquist has been a customer since almost day one at Milli.

Over the last seven years, he could be found at the coffee shop getting his work done nearly every day.

"I was at a wedding, and the whole time that I was gone that weekend, I just kept thinking I don't want Milli to close," Borgquist. "I've got to do something about this."

He has no plans of changing the legacy of Milli but there will be small changes along the way.

This includes parking.

"For example, we're going to have a little bit more parking and 15-minute parking so that it's a little bit easier for them to pull up and get a cup of coffee quick," said Borgquist.

During the transition, Milli will be closed, but Borgquist hopes to be back as early as June 1.



 
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