Tim Hortons celebrated its new Oxford location Nov. 17 with a grand opening and ribbon-cutting.
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Here are three things you may not know about what brought the Canadian-based company and its first Butler County location:
1. A two-year process to find ‘dream location’
The company’s Greater Cincinnati planners spent much of the past two years trying to find the right location for a new restaurant.
Fabio Godinho works in the Cincinnati area supervising the opening of new stores, and he said he is proud the Bishop Square site at 431 S. Locust St.
“We looked at this location for two years. The first time I came here to see this location was one or two years ago. This is an extremely good location. We couldn’t have a better location. This is a dream location,” Godinho said. “The lady from the library is Canadian and was the first customer. She did not even have to cross the road.”
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Oxford Vice Mayor Mike Smith represented the city at the grand opening event.
“We are overjoyed with the way this development has turned out,” he said. “We are extremely excited you decided to bring your restaurant here.”
The new Oxford restaurant signed a 10-year lease in the Bishop Square shopping center and will provide drive-through service at the opposite end of the same new building.
2. Company has tradition of community involvement
Godinho said the new Oxford Tim Hortons is the fourth location in the Cincinnati area to open and he promised they would be involved in the community.
The Oxford restaurant already has a partnership with Miami University’s football team.
A partnership with the local youth hockey program is also underway and there are plans to work with Talawanda High School, he said.
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“We see Oxford as more than Miami University,” Godinho said. “We are very big on community and hiring local people. There is an extremely qualified labor pool of top-notch quality individuals.”
3. Oxford is just the start for expansion
Tim Hortons is growing in the Cincinnati area, with six more stores opening soon in the region, according to Paula Fedewa, who has been with the company for 20 years.
The multinational fast food restaurant is best known for its coffee and doughnuts, but also offers specialty beverages including lattes, cappuccinos, espresso, iced and frozen coffee, hot chocolate and tea.
It also serves meals and snacks any time of day, including “Timbits,” the restaurant’s signature bite-sized doughnut holes. There’s also a range of soups and made-to-order sandwiches, grilled paninis and wraps.
Staff writer Eric Schwartzberg contributed to this report.