Tim Hortons closes five Maine restaurants

Posted Dec. 04, 2013, at 5:03 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 05, 2013, at 10 a.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Tim Hortons has closed five restaurants in the state, according to a company spokesman.

“We have closed some restaurants in Maine, approximately five,” stated Brynn Burton, manager of public relations for Tim Hortons restaurants in the United States.

“Restaurant closings and openings are a part of how we manage our business to best serve the changing demands of each of our U.S. markets. There is no one particular reason for each closure, there are a number of factors we evaluate when closing a restaurant,” Burton stated in an email response.

The Tim Hortons in Rockland was closed Wednesday with a sign announcing the closure. Other restaurants recently closed in Maine were in Augusta, Portland, Skowhegan and Lewiston, she said.

Burton said she was not aware of any additional Maine restaurants to be closed.

There was a moving van parked in back of the Tim Hortons in Rockland on Wednesday with employees moving boxes out of the restaurant.

Burton declined to say how many employees lost their jobs or what, if any, severance packages they were provided.

The Canadian-based company had more than 4,300 restaurants as of June 30, according to the company’s website, including 3,468 in Canada and 807 in the United States. Twenty-five were in Maine.

The Rockland Tim Hortons opened in 2006. The 3,224-square-foot building is assessed by the city at $958,000.

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