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UPDATE - Hantsport residents frustrated by loss of Tim Hortons location

The former Tim Hortons location in Hantsport closed its doors in early January.
The former Tim Hortons location in Hantsport closed its doors in early January. - Colin Chisholm

HANTSPORT, N.S. – Hantsport residents will have to travel a little farther for their morning double-double.

Rumours had been circulating that the location on Chittick Avenue would close on Dec. 31, but it took a little longer, with doors locked on Jan. 6.

The Valley Journal-Advertiser has reached out to the Tim Hortons corporation and the family that owns the franchise for comment, but has not heard back at this time.

Karrie Ritchie, a Hantsport resident, said she’s worried about the future of Hantsport’s business community after Tim Hortons closed.
Karrie Ritchie, a Hantsport resident, said she’s worried about the future of Hantsport’s business community after Tim Hortons closed.

The location had been open since 2002.

The closure comes shortly after Scotiabank announced that it would be closing the Hantsport branch on Main Street this spring.

Hantsport councillor Robbie Zwicker said he was saddened to learn that the location was closed.

“Living a stone’s throw from there, I was quite used to the hustle and bustle of the morning Timmies customers,” Zwicker said. “While I am disappointed by this and Scotiabank I can’t help but believe Hantsport will carry on and improve.”

“Houses are selling, infrastructure continues to be upgraded, it continues to be a very desirable place to live,” he added. “I am sure something will rise from these ashes.”

Karrie Ritchie, a Hantsport resident, said she feels that the loss of the Tim Hortons location is a loss for the community as a whole.

“It’s sad to see another storefront close down,” Ritchie said. “It always creates a ricochet effect, and we’ve heard rumours that the NSLC could leave, it just seems like one thing after another.”

Bobby-Jo Coney, a Hantsport resident, said she’s not sure if she’ll go to Tim Hortons as often, now that it’s no longer in the community.
Bobby-Jo Coney, a Hantsport resident, said she’s not sure if she’ll go to Tim Hortons as often, now that it’s no longer in the community.

The Valley Journal-Advertiser reached out to the NSLC regarding the rumour, and the company said there are no plans to close the Hantsport location. 

“It feels like we’re going to turn into a vacant community,” she said.

Bobby-Jo Coney, who lives in Hantsport, said she was frustrated to have the Tim Hortons leave the community.

“It’s super sad, because for myself it was very convenient to drop my kids off at school, and the ladies there knew my coffee order,” she said. “This morning I went to the gas station (Glooscap Landing) and it was crazy, and the drive-thru was closed. I don’t know how often I will go out to that one.”

“It’s sad because a lot of ladies probably lost their jobs too,”

Les Gazley, another resident, said it’s inconvenient to have to go to Windsor or Glooscap Landing to get a cup of coffee as there are no cafe’s in Hantsport.

“It’s starting to dwindle.”


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