Tim Hortons Celebrates Hamilton Birthplace
SPRING 2015 – THE MAC ENGINEER
Long before double-double was Canadian slang and the Tim Hortons brand was recognized in every corner of the country,there was a coffee shop in Hamilton’s east end. It was store #1, the ﬁrst location in what has grown into an astonishingly successful Tim Hortons franchise. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the birth of the business last year, Tim Hortons decided to redevelop that ﬁrst store into a landmark location that would tell the company’s story and show off a collection of its artifacts. In May 2014, the contract to manage that project landed in the hands ofMcMaster engineering grad Joseph Konney, project director with ElementProject Services.
Celebrates Its Hamilton Birthplace
“The main objective was for the store to open in 2014, as part of the company’s50th anniversary, so we had six months to go from the design conception stage to serving coffee again,” says Konney, a 2001 graduate of the Bachelor of Technology program. “We didn’t want to open the50th anniversary store in the 51st year.” The project required the demolition of the original store, as well as buildings on two adjoining properties. In the meantime, design development and permitting work were under way. Ground was broken on the project in September,and despite the challenging timelines,the two-storey glass restaurant opened its doors to customers on December20, 2014.
The unique building combines the usual features of a Tim Hortons restaurant with second ﬂoor displays of memorabilia,including a replica of the 1964 storefront,and local historical and pop culture items.“I believe it’s also the ﬁrst ever two-storeyTim Hortons, complete with an elevator.”Helping Tim Hortons celebrate its Hamilton birthplace has special signiﬁcance to Konney, who spent most of his life in the city after immigrating to Canada fromGhana as a teenager. Having eaten donuts in that ﬁrst store as a youngster, he’s now proud to be able to show off the one-of-a-kind coffee shop to his daughter, family and friends. “To me, the legacy will be having the store stand here for the next 50 years and knowing I was able to contribute to making it happen,” he says.