Tim Hortons closes doors
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.
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