Madawaska Hortons opening up

Posted Sept. 09, 2010, at 8:12 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:53 a.m.

MADAWASKA, Maine — Tim’s is coming to town.

The Canadian-based doughnut franchise Tim Hortons broke ground on its newest restaurant in Madawaska last month, and the doors should open sometime in mid-November.

“This is wonderful economic news for Madawaska,” said Christina Therrien, town manager. “We are very excited about this.”

The franchise, which will include a drive-through, will be located on a lot on Main Street adjacent to the town’s Four Corners Park.

An abandoned home on the lot was demolished to make room for the new construction.

“Over the years we’ve heard a lot of requests from folks in the St. John Valley for their own Tim Hortons,” franchise co-owner Troy Chamberlain said. “The folks in Madawaska have been going over to Edmundston [New Brunswick] to the Tim Hortons for the last 20 years.”

Chamberlain is the owner-operator of the four Tim Hortons franchises in Edmundston and with Scott Bragdon of Caribou is co-owner of the franchises in Caribou, Presque Isle, Houlton and now Madawaska.

Once up and running the restaurant will employ up to 30 full-and part-time workers, Chamberlain said.

“The town of Madawaska has been wonderful to work with,” he said. “We know the townspeople are really looking forward to this.”

Suzie Paradis, Madawaska’s director of economic and community development, worked closely with Chamberlain on the project.

“Mr. Chamberlain is great to work with,” Paradis said. “He’s a great businessman who knows how to make things happen.”

According to its website, Tim Hortons was founded in 1964 in Hamilton, Ontario, and the first U.S. store opened 20 years later in Amherst, N.Y.

Today the company employs more than 83,000 people in franchises throughout North America and reported total revenues in 2009 of $2.24 billion in Canadian dollars, the same year it became a public company in that country.

“It’s a great economic opportunity for Madawaska,” Paradis said. “It will attract people from the area because there is no other Tim Hortons for 20 miles in this country east or west of us.”

Chamberlain said there are no big plans for a grand opening in November, rather the store will simply open its doors and begin serving coffee, doughnuts, soups and sandwiches.

“We just want the customers to have a good first experience when they come through those doors,” he said.

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