Ann Arbor's Beer Depot sign restored, returns

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Photo -   A worker from JAN Signs, LLC prepares to weld the new "Drive-Thru" sign into place at the Beer Depot on William Street in downtown Ann Arbor, Mich. on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. The sign was brought down by a wind storm in April 2011, and the store tried to raise funds and deal with city ordinances as well as its insurance company. (AP Photo/AnnArbor.com, Ben Freed) LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT
A worker from JAN Signs, LLC prepares to weld the new "Drive-Thru" sign into place at the Beer Depot on William Street in downtown Ann Arbor, Mich. on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. The sign was brought down by a wind storm in April 2011, and the store tried to raise funds and deal with city ordinances as well as its insurance company. (AP Photo/AnnArbor.com, Ben Freed) LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A half-century-old sign that advertised a downtown Ann Arbor convenience store is returning after nearly two years on ice.

AnnArbor.com reports (http://bit.ly/VGu53j ) that The Beer Depot's sign has been restored and was reinstalled on Thursday. The original sign was brought down in a wind storm in April 2011, and the store tried to raise funds and deal with city ordinances as well as its insurance company.

Store spokesman Ian Gray says the city ultimately helped work through various codes and ordinances. He says store also had a "big snag" with its insurer but reached "a closed-door settlement."

The shell of the sign is up, and neon lighting is expected to be added next week.

The sign was installed sometime in the 1960s.

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Information from: AnnArbor.com, http://www.annarbor.com

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