Canadian chain Tim Hortons coming to Grand ForksTim Hortons, the quintessential Canadian quick-serve coffee and bakery chain, is coming to Grand Forks.
By: Kevin Bonham, Grand Forks Herald
Tim Hortons, the quintessential Canadian quick-serve coffee and bakery chain, is coming to Grand Forks.
The restaurant is expected to be open by the end of the year in the new 42nd Street Square, a strip mall located across the street from the Alerus Center and Canad Inns.
A sign now marks the location, on the south end of the new building.
It will be first of several Tim Hortons that will be developed in Grand Forks, according to Jenny Arel, business development and marketing director with Icon Architectural Group, a Grand Forks firm that is developing 42nd Street Square.
“We know our community,” she said. “The first will be in our retail center.”
The initial restaurant will have a drive-thru window, as well as indoor seating.
Icon officials have been looking for other potential locations around the city. While no other sites have been identified, several are expected to open within the year, she said.
The restaurant will be an asset to Grand Forks and an attraction for the many Canadian shoppers who travel here, according to Barry Wilfahrt, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks.
“It’s a well-known Canadian franchise, and we’re glad to see it cross the border to Grand Forks,” he said. “It will be a good complement to that location, with the Canad Inns, on 42nd Street, and offers another choice to people in our community and to our Canadian visitors.”
Icon and other business partners will own the local Tim Hortons franchise, as well as others that are expected to be developed in North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota.
Plans include a Fargo store, and Arel said a group from Icon and some Tim Hortons executives visited there Tuesday.
When it opens, Grand Forks will be the farthest-west location for the chain. It currently is located in 11 states: Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.
“We’ve worked with them for the past six months,” Arel said. “North Dakota wasn’t one of their target markets. But the Canadian market has been strong in Grand Forks. We’re interested because of all the Canadian traffic in Grand Forks and because of Tim Hortons’ business model.”
The company, which was founded in 1964 in Hamilton, Ont., initially featured just two products — coffee and donuts.
According to Tim Hortons’ website, the company had 4,288 restaurants, including 3,453 in Canada and 808 in the United States and 27 in other regions, as of March 31.
It opened its first U.S. location in Tonawanda, N.Y., in 1984.
Today, along with Tim Hortons coffee, the restaurant offers dozens of donut products, as well as cakes, pies, croissants, soups and sandwiches and other items.
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