Twin Cities Pioneer Press: Tim Hortons headed for West St. Paul’s South Robert Street
Developer Pebb Enterprises is planning to construct a 4,348-square-foot building in the parking lot in front of the Hobby Lobby at 1660 S. Robert St. It will include a drive-through for the Tim Hortons.
The Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain entered the Twin Cities market in November 2016 with a location at the Mall of America in Bloomington. Other locations have sprung up in Maplewood, Brooklyn Park and Savage, as well as three in Minneapolis.
A Pebb Enterprises representative told the West St. Paul City Council this week that he could not yet disclose which restaurant is planning to occupy the second commercial space, but added that the type of food “doesn’t really exist here along South Robert.”
Tim Hortons was founded in 1964 in Ontario by Canadian hockey player Tim Horton. The chain will have close competition on retail-heavy South Robert Street, which includes a Starbucks, Caribou Coffee and a Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin Robbins, which opened last month. Family-run Granny Donuts has been in business down the road since 1987.