The heavy machinery was in operation Monday morning breaking ground on the site of the new Tim Hortons. The restaurant is scheduled to open December 1.

The heavy machinery was in operation Monday morning breaking ground on the site of the new Tim Hortons. The restaurant is scheduled to open December 1.

Tim Hortons arriving Dec. 1

Oviatt Construction has began breaking ground for a new Tim Hortons restaurant in Kitimat.

Local company Jack Oviatt Contracting has been awarded the contract to build the new Tim Horton’s in Kitimat. The company began breaking ground for the new restaurant last Monday.

Before year’s end, coffee lovers in Kitimat will no longer have to drive to Terrace to get their caffeine fix from the Canadian icon. The Tim Hortons which will be built next to Hollywood Video in the City Cetnre Mall, is scheduled to open December 1.

“It will be an early Christmas present for me and Kitimat,” said mayor Joanne Monaghan. “They (Tim Hortons) told me they are opening December 1st. All kinds of glitches can happen but that’s what they’re hoping for.”

When Monaghan announced in the Fall of 2011 that Tim Hortons was coming to town, many residents were skeptical it was a ploy to get re-elected.

“I was told over and over that it (Tim Hortons) was my pipe-dream because I only said it because I wanted to get re-elected and I thought it was going to be a good election ploy,” laughed Monaghan. “I got a letter from them saying they were going to build here and nobody would believe me.”

Mall owner Jerry Minni plans to open up the Tim Hortons and later on the M Hotel which also will be built at City Centre Mall. The hotel will have 44 guest rooms, a lobby and a conference room. The breezeway will also become enclosed, lighted and accessible to the public at all times. There will also be modifications to the storefronts under it.