Tim Hortons restaurant coming to Salem

SALEM – A pre-construction meeting is set for Thursday regarding the demolition of the Bruster’s Ice Cream building that will be replaced by a Tim Hortons on East State Street.

Housing, Planning and Zoning Officer Pat Morrissey said A. Altman Construction from Canton is the general contractor and drawings show a 6,000 square-foot building with 34 parking spots.

The property was sold to 2262 East State Street Retail LLC in Canton for $350,000 on July 31.

Columbiana County auditor records show the improved value at $305,300.

The building will be 75-feet wide and 80-feet deep with room for three additional inside (adjustable) units, Morrissey said, along with a drive-thru window.

A Columbia Gas employee was on the site Tuesday disconnecting the gas.

The nearest Tim Hortons location is in Calcutta.

The company is known for its coffee and was founded in 1964 when the first restaurant opened in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and in December of 2011 it opened its 4,000th restaurant.

The company, the largest quick service restaurant chain in Canada, had total revenues of $3.12 billion in Canadian dollars in 2012.

According to its website, Tim Hortons focuses on top quality, always fresh product, value, great service and community leadership has allowed it to grow into the largest quick service restaurant chain in Canada specializing in fresh coffee, baked goods and homestyle lunches.

The first restaurants offered coffee and donuts and consumer tastes grew along with the choices, but the chain’s biggest drawing card remained its legendary Tim Hortons coffee, the company said.

The special blend is also available in cans, as are Tim Hortons hot chocolate and English Toffee and French Vanilla cappuccinos.

On Monday, an agreement was reached by Tim Hortons and Burger King Worldwide Inc. to create the world’s third largest quick service restaurant company.

A press release said, “With approximately $23 billion in system sales, over 18,000 restaurants in 100 countries and two strong, thriving, independent brands, the new company will have an extensive international footprint and significant growth potential. The new global company will be based in Canada, the largest market of the combined company.”

The transaction, which was unanimously approved by both companies, pays Tim Hortons shareholders C$65.50 in cash and 0.8025 common shares of the new company per Tim Hortons share.

A call to Tim Horton headquarters in Canada neither confirmed or denied the new location in Salem.