Tim Horton’s Commits to HARBORCENTER

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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72 comments
Buffalonian
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... :(

isocref
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

Soccerdude5719
Soccerdude5719

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

rockpile38
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!

Seydlitz
Seydlitz

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

BuffaloBoi
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.

MerleGorko
MerleGorko

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

jonny99
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.

WIGS
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.

Stan Da Man
Stan Da Man

Will there be a Cold Stone Creamery as well?

le80
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.

OldFirstWard
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.  

elmdog
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

jonny99
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.

No_Illusions
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.

OldFirstWard
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
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.

Dan Blather
Dan Blather

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 of the current generation of Buffalonians.



GotAnyChange
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.

Buffalonian
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. 

GotAnyChange
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?

gobuff
gobuff

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

WIGS
WIGS

@LouisTully baking, making, frying, whatever! The donuts and other "baked goods' are made off-site and no longer fresh. haven't been since early 2000s.

When it comes to donuts in WNY stick to Paula's. For comparably priced chain coffee Dunkin or McD's is better.

greenca
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.  

jonny99
jonny99

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

JSmith11
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.

Seydlitz
Seydlitz

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

Buffalonian
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.


LouisTully
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
Buffalonian

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


LouisTully
LouisTully

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

LouisTully
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.

Buffalonian
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... :o
LIDS is headquartered in Indianapolis.

GotAnyChange
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.

LouisTully
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.

whateverr
whateverr

@LouisTully  

At least OFW keeps a sense of humor with including his "blocking of sunsets on Washington St" remark as he did above.

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.

GotAnyChange
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. And hc has not been downgraded from the *initial* rendering. Nor does the coffee shop expand the whole block (it's only 1400 sf). You're grasping here.

BuffaloBoi
BuffaloBoi

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

OldFirstWard
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.  

bfranklin
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.

Shane Sillen
Shane Sillen

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

JSmith11
JSmith11

@JayDBuffalo @JSmith11@GotAnyChange 

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
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

GotAnyChange
GotAnyChange

They employ thousands here.

I really don't care about the proximity, was just an observation. That street looks like an alleyway now.

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