Original Tim Hortons store to house museum

Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina was on hand at the original Tim Horton's in Hamilton to release new...

Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina was on hand at the original Tim Horton's in Hamilton to release new plans to renovate the store on Thursday July 24, 2014. (Dave Thomas/QMI Agency)

MATT INGRAM, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:21 PM ET

HAMILTON, Ont. -- Tim Hortons unveiled plans to renovate its original store in Hamilton, Ont., into a two-storey store and museum as the chain celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

The renovated store will house a collection of memorabilia on the second floor chronicling the history of the iconic chain.

Tim Hortons’ chief operating officer Dave Clanachan and Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina made the announcement to a crowd of locals and employees.

“We wanted to create a showpiece for the neighbourhood and do something very different, something very unique in the world of Tim Hortons. It will pay homage to our history while embracing some of the new designs,” said Clanachan.

The new store will be a complete departure from the current design incorporating a large glass cube on the front corner of the building and red stools to pay homage to the original seating.

“This is going to be a one-of-a-kind restaurant, the whole idea of us bringing the history and memorabilia of the chain here is we think it belongs here, its home,” said Clanachan.

Bratina said he was delighted to see Tim Hortons continue to invest in his city. The renovation announcement comes as work continues on the new Tim Hortons Field where the Ti-Cats will soon call home.

“There’s plenty of excuses to move to other locations but they found reasons to stay here and invest in Hamilton. That tells me we have a successful city and I’m proud of it,” said Bratina.


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