Coun­cil to check Tims drive-thru ap­pli­ca­tion

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - BUSINESS - BY NANCY MACPHEE

Ge­off Baker ad­mits to be­ing one of Kens­ing­ton Tim Hor­ton’s best cus­tomers.

So the town’s man­ager knows first-hand that chang­ing or dis­rupt­ing how drive-thru pa­trons get their morn­ing caf­feine fix can be a del­i­cate sub­ject.

The town has be­fore it a re­quest by Austin and Ra­mona Roberts, own­ers Roberts Hold­ings Inc., which op­er­ates the Kens­ing­ton Tim’s, to re­con­fig­ure its drive-thru.

The town is cur­rently ne­go­ti­at­ing a de­vel­op­ment agree­ment for the re­align­ment.

“The drive-thru, in its cur­rent lo­ca­tion, causes some is­sues around the main in­ter­sec­tion and some trans­porta­tion safety is­sues,” Baker added.

“If we are go­ing to re­lo­cate it, we are go­ing to try and fix a lot of those is­sues as much as we can.”

Roberts Hold­ings Inc. ap­plied in early June for a build­ing per­mit for the prop­erty at 73 Vic­to­ria St. the Kens­ing­ton Club that it pur­chased from in 2014.

The com­pany is propos­ing to re­di­rect the cur­rent drive-thru so that the en­trance would be on Woodleigh Drive rather than on Vic­to­ria Street, run­ning the drive thru close to the Kens­ing­ton Club build­ing.

The cur­rent drive-thru exit, it is pro­posed, would re­main as is.

“We’ve brought in an ex­ter­nal de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer as well, Derek French, to work on this with us,” said Baker. “We are tak­ing a fairly bad is­sue with the cur­rent ac­cess, try­ing to move it to a lo­ca­tion that is still less than ideal, but there is some reg­u­la­tion, some re­stric­tion we can put around it to try and make it a more safe.” The es­ti­mated pro­ject cost, that of Roberts Hold­ings Inc., is $40,000 to $50,000, with the con­trac­tor be­ing Seymour DesRoches Con­struc­tion of Kinkora. Roberts Hold­ing Inc. had hoped, as stated in its ap­pli­ca­tion, to be­gin the work on June 22, with a com­ple­tion date of June 29.

Baker said the town and the com­pany “are try­ing to work through” a num­ber of is­sues re­gard­ing the pro­posed plan.

“The (pro­posed) re­lo­cated drive-thru is a lit­tle shorter than the cur­rent,” he said, adding one to two fewer cars would fit in the cue.

“We also have a po­lice depart­ment where the (pro­posed) en­trance is, where it is im­por­tant it not get blocked. There are some drive­ways right in the im­me­di­ate vicin­ity we want to make sure don’t get blocked. Its prox­im­ity to the in­ter­sec­tion of Woodleigh Drive and Vic­to­ria Street is only two to three car lengths to the ac­cess to the drive-thru.”

COLIN MA­CLEAN/TC MEDIA

The Town of Kens­ing­ton is cur­rently re­view­ing an ap­pli­ca­tion from Roberts Hold­ings Inc. to re­align the drive-thru of the town’s Tim Hor­tons.

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