New busi­ness on hori­zon

Con­struc­tion of Tim Hor­tons in Glace Bay ex­pected to be­gin Mon­day

Cape Breton Post - - News Glace Bay/New Waterford & Area - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­

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.

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