The new Tim Horton’s in Port Carling is set to open its doors Dec. 6th.
And it will be a Tim Horton’s like no other.
According to manager John Arblaster, what’s different is the look: the new Tim’s has been designed to fit in with its cottage country surroundings.
“We’ve got the only gas fireplace in a Tim Horton’s, and one being set up outside, which will be great on nice winter days for sledders and other winter lovers,” says Arblaster, who adds he doesn’t know of another Tim’s that has a canoe hanging from the ceiling either.
He also plans to place historic Muskoka pictures and other paraphernalia on the walls as they work toward their December 6 opening. A grand opening celebration will be come after things get percolating in full swing.
John and his co-manager and wife Ella Arblaster (seen above) have just finished seven weeks of intensive ‘Tim’s University’ training in Oakville, and are eager to start passing that knowledge on to their own staff.
“We plan on hiring 30-35 full and part-time people, a number which could grow to 50 in the high summer season,” he says. Hours at first will be 6am to 10pm and they’re still debating what summer hours might be set.
Ella and John are well known as the former owners of Ella’s Restaurant in Port Carling, and John explains their decision to sell their popular breakfast and lunch spot was partly based on the news that a Tim Horton’s was coming to the village.
“If you look up irony in the dictionary, you might find us,” he laughs. “We put our restaurant up for sale two years ago as we were a bit concerned about competition from this Tim Horton’s – and now we’re managing it!”
For Ella, what helped her decide to join Tim Horton’s was the knowledge she would still be seeing her friends in Port Carling.
“Already, some of our regulars have said they’ll be coming back every Friday, just like they used to. Seeing all the same nice people – it’s a plus.”
Job seekers interested in working at Tim’s in Port Carling can apply by dropping in to the building during the day or visit workattims.com.