Tim Hortons Readies for Queen West Debut
Tim Hortons is gradually gearing up for its debut on Queen West near the corner of Queen and Bathurst. Joining Starbucks at the once-maligned intersection, Canada's much loved donut chain takes over the space formerly home to the Queens Head Pub.
It's an odd move for the decidedly un-hip purveyor of chocolate glazes, honey crullers and Roll Up the Rim to Win coffee gimmicks; and one that I don't completely understand.
To suggest that the neighbourhood needs a Tim Hortons would be a bit of a stretch. There's already good cheap coffee across the street at Artistic Grounds; and plenty of alternatives at the nearby Niche, Greenavi and Tequila Bookworm. Even for commuters, their Timbits and coffee can be had inside a Shell station on the way to the DVP at King and Strachan.
What's also uncertain is what this move might foreshadow for this transitional stretch on Queen. Its neighbours - Pizza Pizza and the Pita Pit - don't exactly scream "Art + Design District" and one would think that Cosmos West Records is wondering how it ended up with such a neighbour. Rotate This knew what was coming when they packed up and moved west earlier this year.
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