New business on horizon
Construction of Tim Hortons in Glace Bay expected to begin Monday
Construction of a new Tim Hortons on Reserve Street will begin next week.
“On Monday there will be a crew in there to start the building,” said Troy Wilson, owner/ operator of Tim Hortons Wilson Investments Ltd. “They’ll start digging down for the footers.”
Wilson said Brilun Construction will handle the build which is expected to take just over four months.
Extensive and unexpected groundwork is now underway. Last year the ground where the building will be constructed was dug up and the peat moss and clay-type soil was removed and replaced with a gravel material.
Wilson said this year several test pits were dug in other areas of the lot and it was determined that the ground was soft.
“It was basically a swamp, the whole area was bad,” he said. “They were worried about where my light standards would go, sewer, underground drainage and all that. If you put it in all that soft stuff it would just end up not working properly.”
As a result Wilson said the entire lot had to be dug up.
“Both the hauling away
and refill wasn’t in my initial budget. It’s unfortunate, but to go through with the investment it has to be done right.”
Yates Construction has been working on the groundwork for several weeks and will continue on site as construction begins.
About 50 people will be hired at the new location. Wilson said some staff members have requested a transfer to the new store and they will be replaced with new hires at their current locations.
Wilson said this Tim Hortons will be number 7676. He said all the locations are numbered although some might have closed or relocated over the years.
“When my father opened his first Tim Hortons in 1977 it was number 81 in the chain. That shows the size of Tim Hortons in North America.”
At an earlier date, Wilson confirmed the other two Tim Hortons in Glace Bay, located on Commercial and McKeen streets, will remain open.
The Wilson family currently owns 14 Tim Hortons throughout the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.
Despite the rain, equipment from Yates Trucking and Excavation remains in place at the site of the new Tim Hortons on Reserve Street, Glace Bay. Yates Construction has been levelling the ground in preparation for construction of the new coffee shop which is expected to start Monday.