Tim Horton’s is coming to town.
That was the announcement by mayor Joanne Monaghan at last Tuesday’s council meeting.
On June 21 council approved her motion to send an invite to both Tim Horton’s and Starbucks to set up shop here.
Two weeks ago the mayor got a reply from Jim Preston, Tim Horton’s senior vice-president of Western Canada operations.
In it he revealed that the company’s real estate team had been “actively looking” at the Kitimat market and identified “several possible sites.”
The company was now in the final stage of site selection “and hope to be open sometime soon in 2012,” his letter continued.
Monaghan said that upon receipt of the letter she had phoned Preston for further details.
And he had told her three potential sites had been identified, that the outlet would be located in town to serve “the whole community”, it would be 2,700 sq. ft. and “there will be 40-50 people who will come into town to build it.”
In a later interview Monaghan told the Northern Sentinel she had mentioned to Preston that she is often asked to go speak to elementary school students.
And each time one of the first questions the kids asked was when was Kitimat going to get a Tim Horton’s?
Preston’s response was, “Can I use that in my board meeting?”
To which Monaghan said, “You sure can.”