There may be a coffee war brewing on Huntsville’s King William Street with a new Tim Hortons proposed in close proximity to a Starbucks.
Huntsville’s planning committee has approved a 110.5m² addition, which will house a Tim Hortons, to be located on the southeast side of the existing 167m² commercial building at 59 King William Street. The property contains five gas pumps, a car wash, and a convenience store.
The 2,873m² property has 45 metres of frontage on King Wiliam Street and 68m of frontage on Scott Street and the applicant, Larry Greenwood, is proposing to add an extension to the building, which would house a Tim Hortons ‘kiosk’ with very little, if any, seating, Huntsville’s Development Services Committee heard at its September 19, 2019 meeting.
“I can’t imagine, with the amount of Tim Hortons stores in this town, that anybody would literally go to that store without getting gas first, so we really didn’t think that there’d be too much of an impact,” said Greenwood, adding that most of the traffic uses Scott Street rather than King William, which is primarily used by vehicles exiting the car wash. “It is a little bit ludicrous that we could literally build a 1,500 square foot building today, but we can’t build a 1,200 square foot [addition],” he said, referring to a letter from the District asking for the matter to be deferred to give District staff more time to analyze the application.
Greenwood told the committee that a smaller building would have less impact. “I mean if we don’t want to do this then I’ll just go back to the drawing board with our original 1,500 [square foot building]that we did, and start building that this fall,” he said. Greenwood indicated at the meeting that there are plans to close down the Tim Hortons location on Main Street.
Councillor Jonathan Wiebe asked about parking. Greenwood said it is not anticipated that people will go in and sit down. “That’s not what we want at all. We have a lot of parking and as a matter of fact, we own the two lots beside it and so there’d be lots of [room for]snow removal … and some staff parking.” Greenwood said that there’s a house on one of those lots but there’s “no desire, at this present time, to do anything on that [vacant]lot.”
In the end, and because there are planning approvals already in place for a 1,500 square foot stand-alone building, the committee approved the site plan with many of its members noting that what’s now being proposed is a smaller attached building.
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