Tim Hortons closes doors

By Beth A. Birmingham | Dec 04, 2013
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop at 168 Camden St. has closed. Even as the signs were being taken down Dec. 4, several cars drove in to the unexpected.

Rockland — The local Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop at 168 Camden St. in Rockland closed its doors without notice for good Dec. 3.

"A staff meeting was called at 5 p.m. last night, and we were notified that this location was closing," said Assistant Manager Maggie Robinson Dec. 4.

According to Robinson, it was a corporate decision.

"There were six total closings across Maine," according to an email correspondence from Brynn Burton, manager of public relations with Tim Hortons. Closures were in Rockland, Augusta, Portland, Skowhegan, Brunswick and Lewiston.

"Restaurant closings and openings are a part of how we manage our business to best serve the changing demands of each of our United States markets," stated Burton in the Dec. 10 email.

"There is no one particular reason for each closure," said Burton, "there are a number of factors we evaluate when closing a restaurant."

"We were headed in an upward direction," said Robinson, noting the Rockland location had climbed from the bottom of the ladder to being in the top five locations in recent months.

The sudden closing displaced 15 employees.

"There was no reason given other than it is 'what's best for business,'" said Robinson. "They are going in different direction apparently," she added.

Robinson, who helped open the Camden Street location seven years ago, said the recent relocation of Wal-Mart to Thomaston Commons Way had little affect on the business.

"In fact, we had more people coming through especially from the Belfast area," said Robinson.

Robinson said the location had a really great crew, and franchise owners Stacey and Mike MacKenzie were devastated.

"Everybody feels it," she said

"All you can do is put on a smile and get back out there," said Robinson.

Robinson had been assistant manager for nine months.

The MacKenzies were unavailable for comment.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Less than 24 hours after its doors were closed, the signage is taken down at the local Tim Hortons on Camden Street in Rockland. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
A U-Haul is in place to load the remains of product and equipment from the newly closed Tim Hortons in Rockland. The restaurant closed without notice Dec. 3, displacing 15 employees. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Signs are down and doors are locked at the local Tim Hortons Dec. 4. Fifteen employees were notified of the closing at a staff meeting at 5 p.m. Dec. 3. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Comments (11)
Posted by: Jim Gamage | Dec 05, 2013 11:42


To the employees who have lost their jobs:  Please come in our office and fill out an application.  All - 4 - U, Inc. located on the 2nd floor of the Rockland Post Office.  Even though it is a tough time of year to find work we never know what type of work will become available and when.  Our number is 594.1900.


Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Dec 05, 2013 08:42

Was always impressed by the hospitality and positive attitude of the staff. Glad to have taken the opportunity to let them know the last time I was in there.

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Posted by: Laurel E Taylor | Dec 05, 2013 07:05

Dear Employee's of Tim Horton's: Merry Christmas, you are now unemployed. Ah The Grinch lives!, Will not touch another Tim Horton's product ever again, this is just a heartless move. Remember folks, Big Business=Big Bully's. Hopefully a local owned business will go in there. To the 15 who lost their jobs, may the New Year be better for you.

Posted by: Laura Libby-Campbell | Dec 05, 2013 06:05

Terrible Terrible way to tell the employees and loyal customers....can see why they closed.

Posted by: Susan Sinclair | Dec 05, 2013 06:00

Large corporations unfortunately do many things in the dark, mostly because they don't want to be told they're wrong. They might have been planning this for many months before they got their ducks in a row and actually closed, so they might not even be using recent sales numbers. Ah well, hopefully some other business is in line for the building.

Posted by: Peggy East | Dec 04, 2013 21:48

Is it because WalMart move to Thomaston?


Posted by: Bill Jillson | Dec 04, 2013 20:47


loved the coffee and sandwiches,the alternative just dosn't compare.

Posted by: ALBERT E COLSON | Dec 04, 2013 20:41

Going to really miss you as neighbors . Wish all of the employees the very best. Going to miss the BLT's. The Colson's

Posted by: DANA LEAR | Dec 04, 2013 17:45

This establishment was a daily stop for my wife and I.  We also met many old friends there and enjoyued the company.  Will certainly be missed , especially the crew who worked there .


Posted by: James Clinton Leach | Dec 04, 2013 17:17

Just the beginning, Rockland needs to re-adjust it's way of doing business, to many homes for sale, along with many foreclosures, businesses closing and new tax exempt entities showing up in town....I know I will not be able to afford the taxes when I am retired which is not that far off....Planning the great escape already, to bad we really like it here...

Posted by: brian krum | Dec 04, 2013 15:48

Very sad to hear of your closing, I wish all of the displaced employees the best. 

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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 13.

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