While I was never a fan of Tim Hortons, it’s closing is not what I’m I told you so-ing about. No, this is what I’m I told you so-ing about:
Remember when we were talking about Brewed Awakenings proposal for a coffee shop with drive-thru on Hope Street? And remember how one concern was if Brewed Awakenings failed there we’d then be stuck with a building purpose built for a drive-thru coffee shop, ill suited for anything else? Well here’s that nightmare scenario come to life at the corner of Chalkstone Avenue and Douglas Avenue.
I mean look at that thing. Taking up a prime piece of real estate at the intersection of two major city thoroughfares, we have a little tiny shed, surrounded by parking, with a drive through wrapped around it. And now it will be empty. Maybe Dunkin Donuts or Honey Dew or someone will swoop in and take it, it is at the entrance to Route 95
north south. Or maybe it will just sit and rot.
There’s also a Tim Hortons at the corner of Westminster and Dorrance Downcity:
Though the economy means it won’t be easy to fill that spot, it is not purpose built and pretty much anything that could utilize the square footage can go in there. Whoever ends up marketing that vacancy will have a much larger pool of potential tenants.
All these donut shops and pharmacies and what-have-you with drive-thrus are a blight on our landscape when they are open and operating, and an albatross when they are vacant. It is time we remove the option of having a drive-thru from our zoning.