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Tim Horton’s Commits to HARBORCENTER

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HARBORCENTER President John Koelmel and Tim Hortons President and CEO Marc Caira today announced that a one-of-a-kind Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop will open at HARBORCENTER this fall.  

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The restaurant will be accessible from the street level at the intersection of Main and Scott streets, across from the site of the former Memorial Auditorium. The restaurant will pay tribute to the life and career of Tim Horton, as well as the history of downtown Buffalo.  Tim Hortons will join (716) Food and Sport, HARBORCENTER’s 13,000 sq.ft. restaurant and sports bar that will be at the corner of Washington and Scott streets.

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“This is a tremendous opportunity to celebrate local history through one of Western New York’s favorite food brands,” Koelmel said. “We are very excited to partner with Tim Hortons to create another great reason to visit HARBORCENTER and Canalside. This restaurant will be a must-see for all coffee lovers, hockey fans and local history enthusiasts.”

“We are proud to celebrate our longstanding partnership with the Sabres and pay tribute to Tim Horton and his legacy here in Buffalo,” said Marc Caira, Tim Hortons President and CEO. “From a single location that opened 50 years ago, to the first U.S. restaurant in Amherst, NY that opened almost 30 years ago, Tim Hortons heritage is as deeply rooted in Buffalo as it is anywhere else.”

This Tim Hortons restaurant will offer many unique elements making it a one-of-a-kind destination. Tim Hortons has worked with the HARBORCENTER team to design a special logo that links the Buffalo Sabres mark with an original Tim Hortons logo. This special logo will be seen throughout the restaurant and used in product packaging.

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Within the restaurant, unique displays will tell the story of Tim Horton, as both a Buffalo Sabre and a businessman, and how those paths crossed during his time in Buffalo. The restaurant itself will be designed in a historic nature, with brick walls that will remind patrons of Buffalo’s industrial history on the Erie Canal.

Additionally, this Tim Hortons restaurant will feature displays that tell the story of Buffalo’s Memorial Auditorium, the region’s hockey base from 1940 to 1996. Beginning this fall, guests will be able to sip coffee in unique Sabres-themed cups, surrounded by Buffalo history, while looking across the street at the former site of the Aud.

HARBORCENTER’s ice rinks and 800-space parking ramp are both expected to open in September.  The Marriott Buffalo HARBORCENTER with 205 rooms and suites and 5,000 square feet of meeting space will open in spring 2015. 

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Buffalo and development junkie currently exiled in California.

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  • RaChaCha

    A “Destination Tim Hortons.” This trumps any other April Fools joke I can recall.
    Well played, sir — well played.

  • LouisTully

    This place is going to make an absolute killing.  Surprised they aren’t trying to squeeze a drive thru in.
    More tribute to a Sabre legend: 124 games, 23 pts, #2 retired.  Killed himself drinking, speeding, on meds.  Meanwhile, hardly anyone in Buffalo, or sports, knows who Bob Kalsu is.

  • No_Illusions

    This is actually a great idea, just considering the history and background of Tim Horton. It actually makes a lot of sense. No other coffee place would make nearly as much sense at least.

    Tim Hortons is huge in WNY, the region definitely deserves a flagship location.

    Its also nice to see flagship stores downtown period.

    I’m hoping that the size of the kitchen means that the food quality will be better…though even not then Tims is still good for a quick/cheap bite and/or coffee.

  • Bobbyraz49

    Timmy Ho’s for the hockey parents after a night of drinking !!!!

  • Bobbyraz49

    LouisTully  Kalsu….drafted by the Bills and was killed serving his country !

  • No_Illusions

    LouisTully  
    The funny thing is that there are some great examples of Urban Tim Hortons.
    The current one downtown for example on Main Street.

  • Soccerdude5719

    Any else notice the blue seats? Designed to look seats from the blues in the old aud. Figuring their remakes but also wouldn’t be a bad reuse for a bunch of partial damaged aud seat bottoms and backs.

  • LouisTully

    No_Illusions LouisTully  In the Liberty Building?  I agree.

  • micahh64

    LouisTully  
    “Meanwhile, hardly anyone in Buffalo, or sports, knows who Bob Kalsu is.”
    Sports Illustrated does:
    http://cnnsi.com/vault/cover/featured/9801/index.htm

    .

  • Flyguy2pt0

    “Awesome sauce”! Great news! Looking forward to seeing this district when its all done with the canals and such. Could really be the start of a downtown -south end revitalization. Hopefully this translates into positive news creeping over to the outer harbor as well.

  • GotAnyChange

    Nice. A coffee shop was definitely needed in canalside, and this is highly visible to boot. Hope they have a little outdoor seating. Place should be bumping on a nice spring/summer morning.

  • warehousedweller

    tim horton coffee co. was started in 1926 ! i have a painting [huge] of a 1926 model “t” truck by lowis cherenzia [dead now] on framed wood . it sais our business is a daily grind with a crank handle on it ! me thinks it should be in this store.

  • sbrof

    I kinda love this…

  • warehousedweller  
    whole different company, no relation.  according to the article, timmy ho started in 1964.  i think horton coffee was a roaster & distributor, not a restaurant.  tim wasn’t born until 1930.

  • LouisTully

    warehousedweller  Strange.  Their website says the company was founded in 1964.  A google search of “tim horton coffee company” turns up nothing supporting your statement.  And Tim Horton, the man, wasn’t even born untiil 1930 and his father’s name was Aaron. 
    Have you been huffing paint again?

  • LouisTully

    grad94 warehousedweller  Beat me to it…

  • elmdog

    There better be enough sidewalk space for outdoor seating and plenty of it…Isnt this supposed to be the point of all of this? To get people to the waterfront and outside? I hope they have it

  • GotAnyChange

    HSBC must hate this building. It is oppressively close to the atrium. It looks like there’s more sidewalk breathing room on the main st side for some seating, though.

  • OldFirstWard

    At least the restrooms are facing Washington St.  Now I hear they even give you a choice of a urinal or a hole in the wall for the straight shooters.  I know what side of the street I’ll be walking on.
    Really though, all this space for a Tim Horton’s?  At least all the profits will go directly to Canada.  I would rather have a Louies Texas Hots or a revival of Freddies Donuts in there.  Guess we won’t be seeing it on a episode of Diners Drive-Ins and Dives anytime soon.

  • GotAnyChange
  • le80

    The sad thing is we might get some Canadians coming over just to visit this “Destination Tim Hortons”.  Too bad we isn’t any significant shopping near by for them to take advantage of yet before the Canadian dollar goes further south.

  • Shane Sillen

    Dude do you hate everything?

  • Shane Sillen

    This new Tim Hortons looks sweet!

  • Shane Sillen

    HarborCenter is going to be killer! I can’t wait for it to open!

  • Stan Da Man

    Will there be a Cold Stone Creamery as well?

  • Stateofmind

    RaChaCha  Ugh….it’s not a joke.

  • WIGS

    even though I’m Canadian, I’m not the biggest fan of Tim Hortons. They went downhill when they stopped baking donuts on-site at each location. That being said, this is the nicest Tim Hortons I’ve seen and pays homage to both the man and the Sabres so I approve.

  • LouisTully

    WIGS Uh… baked?  I thought donuts were fried?

  • jonny99

    I will rarely ever go here because the coffee and food blow but it does seem like a good fit. I’m holding out hope that the coffee wars will bring something more. The Marriott Courtyard should have a coffee joint; traffic from Buff News building, hotel and law firm alone should support it.

  • MerleGorko

    Are the rumors true that a McDonalds might be going in as well? How exciting.

  • EAHS 1972

    LouisTully  Isn’t Bob Kalsu on the Ring of Honor at RWS? Not sure if No. 61 is retired, but having your name on the Ring of Honor is the Bills’ highest award, and thanks to recent satories on Bob Kalsu in SI, ESPN and the NFL Network I think more people are learning about his career and his sacrifice for our country. 
    What the Sabres did with Tim Horton is their business.

  • BuffaloBoi

    Am I the only one who’s not so excited about this? I mean how many Tim Horton’s do we have downtown already? One inside the Bus Station, ECC, Key Center, Main @ Court St. ..am I missing anymore? It’s a coffee shop folks, and maybe it’s the fact I’m just not a fan of their coffee or food, but over all, it’s just a coffee shop.

  • WIGS

    LouisTully

  • OldFirstWard

    BuffaloBoi  
    That is the mentality here.  Build now, cry later.
    Excitement for essentially a five story parking garage with two hockey rinks on the roof.  A corner fast food coffee shop stretching an entire block, a hotel that was downgraded to an international style box, obstruction to Perry St., obstruction and cluttering of space and views of the waterfront and arena entrance, blocking of sunsets on Washington St., bad design, bad location.

  • BuffaloBoi

    MerleGorko Now even though it’s only a McDonalds, the fact that we don’t have one would be great if one moved in.

  • LouisTully

    OldFirstWard BuffaloBoiYeah, but you don’t get excited about anything.  You’re miserable.

  • No_Illusions

    BuffaloBoi  
    Well I think that’s exactly why there is excitement.
    They made a cookie-cutter chain and made it into something unique.

  • Seydlitz

    Soon the Canadians will be praying towards the Harbor Center 5 times a day.

  • Seydlitz

    GotAnyChange  At this point considering that HSBC has pulled out from WNY entirely and sold all their branches, Screw HSBC.

  • GotAnyChange

    And because its another option in a high profile area of the city that has little to offer outside of events and activities. Canalside is starved for development so every piece is good news.
    Is this the last retail space in harbor center or is there another one?

  • LouisTully

    GotAnyChange That’s what I was wondering.  I thought there was supposed to be more.  Plus I haven’t heard anything about the pro shop.  I imagine even if they’re running it themselves and not getting a name to go in there they’ll still be doing something big.

  • GotAnyChange

    They employ thousands here.

  • OldFirstWard

    LouisTully
    I’m just a staunch advocate for good planning and location, attention to details, architectural styles, and most importantly transparency and valid public input with adequate responses from those in charge.  
    If that is a recipe for misery then so be it.  I’m happy to oblige.

  • BuffaloBoi

    LouisTully OldFirstWardBuffaloBoiit’s just a coffee shop, I can see if we needed one downtown, but we have a lot of them already. Now, if had an announcement that a major retailer or two was opening here, I’d crap my pants in excitement!

  • GotAnyChange

    The complex website says there will be 6,500 sq ft of ‘additional’ retail all along the main st side. So maybe a good hockey store is still in the works.

  • jonny99

    BuffaloBoi  you are right it is just a coffee shop, so stop whining all you haters, big deal. Not every piece of this project needs to be a the highest profile all out glitzy attraction. Sometimes you just need a cup of coffee. I have said since the beginning of this development years ago “no place to get a cup of coffee down there”. That being said I do not drink Tim coffee so I’ll keep hoping for something better, and it will come, along with destination restaurants and retail. Chill people, this is not the last piece of canalside.

  • GotAnyChange

    How many times do you need to make your point? I can see complaining when the renderings come out, as a lot of us did, but every subsequent post? We get it. It’s not ideal.

  • rockpile38

    This makes sense, even though were sick of seeing a T.H. every 200 yards, and the founder, Tim Horton connection makes it authentic and acts as sort of an anchor store for them!

  • JSmith11

    GotAnyChange  
    Yes, and without curb-side parking on Washington it will not be a pleasant place for a sidewalk patio. No one wants to sit and sip their coffee with SUVs barreling by only five feet away.

  • jonny99

    Yeah like a dense big city, sucks doesn’t it

  • Soccerdude5719

    You can hate it but they went with a retail option that will get a lot of use.

  • whateverr

    @LouisTully  
    At least OFW keeps a sense of humor with the “blocking of sunsets on Washington St” remark.
    It looks like comedy, since the only way pedestrians in that block of Washington St would’ve continued to see sunsets standing there would’ve been if Webster Block had remained un-built-upon as it was for the parking lot.
    Even a Freddie’s Donuts or Louie’s Texas Hots alternatives he suggested in the other comment wouldn’t be fully see-thru for sunsets or sunrises.

  • bfranklin

    WIGS LouisTully  Somebody brought Paula’s donuts in to work today, they really are good.  In a pinch, Tim Horton’s coffee does the trick.

  • JayDBuffalo

    JSmith11 GotAnyChange 
    Oh come on. “barreling by”?!  This is a city street, not a highway.

  • JSmith11

    JayDBuffalo JSmith11GotAnyChange 
    I think when you only have a few feet of empty space separating you from cars, even 35 mph feels that way. 
    My point is just that sidewalks generally don’t feel like comfortable places to walk or hang out on if you don’t have a buffer between you and the moving traffic of either parked cars or a wide planting strip with trees.

  • No_Illusions

    That’s not true…
    They still plan on keeping 3000 employees at the Atrium downtown and at their campus in Depew.
    …at least until the next recession hits

  • OFW> Freddies Donuts

    It’s fine to honor the past, but, please, let Freddie’s rest in peace in the graveyard of weepy Old Buffalo nostalgia, along with Pat’s Hot Dogs, Sattler’s, Deco, Crystal Beach, WKBW radio, and the like.  It’s time to stop recycling our grandparents’ memories, and instead recognize and embrace the institutions that a new generation of young Buffalonians are creating.

  • greenca

    Dan Blather  
    Exactly.  Anyone under the age of 35-40 will probably not remember Freddie’s, and for those older, it’s a quickly fading memory.  It’s been closed for 25 years!  And obviously an out of town visitor would have no idea of what a Freddie’s Doughnut was.

  • gobuff

    Omg you are so negative.finally some one is investing in Buffalo.

  • isocref

    I just want to know why they are serving COKE prodcuts!!!! I only go to timmy’s because its one of the few places still serving pepsi….
    SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN

  • rockpile38

    jonny99  SPOT, maybe a Starbucks?

  • rockpile38

    MerleGorko  Maybe Bass Pro will jump back on board!

  • JayDBuffalo

    JSmith11 JayDBuffaloGotAnyChange 
    Also, the main entrance looks to be at Main and Scott St, so if there was a patio, I dont think it will be anywhere near Washington.

  • Buffalonian

    Love the logo !
    What happened to the New Era Flagship store that was talked about ?
    Probably got nixed when they gave all control to LIDS… 🙁

  • LouisTully

    Buffalonian  Gave all control to LIDS?  Who?  What?

  • Buffalonian

    LouisTully Buffalonian  
    New Era Cap handed over their retail operations to LIDS.
    Yes, Lids now runs New Era’s retail operations including the website and Flagship Stores.

  • Buffalonian

    LouisTully  
    And New Era’s CEO just won executive of the year by UB’s school of management for his strategic vision and commitment to Western New York… 😮
    LIDS is headquartered in Indianapolis.

  • LouisTully

    Buffalonian LouisTully  I hadn’t heard anything about that.  That’s interesting.  Especially since the last time I was in a LIDS they didn’t even sell New Era caps.  Strange.

  • LouisTully

    So is their store on Delaware Avenue in their HQ now a LIDS?

  • Buffalonian

    LouisTully  
    They still have Flagship stores named “New Era” but they are controlled by LIDS. Including the store on Delaware.

  • LouisTully

    Buffalonian LouisTully  I’m no businessman but that seems strange.  I just checked and, yes, LIDS does carry New Era now.  
    I’m sure the arrangement benefits LIDS.  I suppose it benefits New Era, too, now that their caps are carried in every mall in America.

  • Buffalonian

    LouisTully Buffalonian  
    It helps fill the pockets of the New Era CEO and President.
    It is not good for the New Era employees in Buffalo that work or worked on the retail side of things. Store/display design, graphics, etc… The majority of this work is now being handled by LIDS in Indianapolis.