By JOHN ANDERSON
The news on the Hornell Sun on Sunday that a Tim Horton’s was coming was a surprise to many residents, and it’s another feather in the cap to economic development in the Maple City.
Hornell Mayor John Buckley confirmed the Tim Horton’s will be built on Seneca Street where the old McDonald’s restaurant once was.
Buckley told the Hornell Sun the existing building will be demolished and a new building will be built to house the Tim Horton’s.
“Tim Horton’s will be a nice addition to our downtown business community. It’s always a net positive for the community when a business wants to come in, invest capital and create more jobs,” Buckley said. “I think this development is reflective of where Hornell is right now. Our local economy continues to see strong growth across the board. Whether it’s industry with Alstom, hospitality with the Hampton Inn that’s under construction, or in this case food service, all arrows are pointing up. It’s really an exciting time in Hornell right now.”
The location is a good one, walking distance from the high school and in an area Hornell touted during the application for the #10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) grant with over 2,000 employees.
Blake Tarana, president of TAR Enterprises in Jamestown said the Southern Tier is new territory for Tim Horton’s as they plan to open locations in Wellsville, Cuba and Hornell before going to the Corning-Elmira area.
Jay Pritchett, Tim Hortons U.S. head of marketing, said in a statement, “Our guests are looking for great service, high-quality coffee and food, and they want to feel safe when visiting Tim Hortons restaurants. Our new restaurant design offers all of that and more.”
In the Hornell DRI application, it stated, “The culmination of private and public investment in and near the downtown core has spurred momentum in the City. Within the past 10 years, numerous projects focused on downtown revitalization have been implemented, representing a total investment exceeding $96 million. These recently completed projects and the catalytic efforts of entrepreneurs and downtown businesses provide a solid foundation for the implementation of DRI projects.”
The DRI application touted the grant could be used for businesses on Seneca Street as well as Main Street and downtown. The new Tim Horton’s will be within short range of over 2,000 employees as well as students. This chart is pre-COVID when the application was submitted.
The red area in the DRI application from about five years ago was underutilized areas and the green was vacant areas.
Here is a link to our original reporting on the new Tim Horton’s: