Tim Hortons, known throughout North America for its coffee and pastries (including the popular "Timbits") is looking to open up to three locations in Rochester Hills.
Up first: a rebuilding of the former site on Rochester Road. The Ontario, Canada-based company has submitted to the city of Rochester Hills plans to knock down the building and put a drive-thru Tim Hortons in its place. The city's planning commission is expected to review the site plan in September, according to Ed Anzek, director of planning and economic development for the city.
Because the plans call for a drive-thru, City Council will need to give final approval for a special permit for the restaurant.
"Officials from Tim Hortons have advised us that they are looking to enter the Rochester Hills market with three facilities," said Anzek.
A across from was submitted to Rochester Hills City Council earlier this year then removed from the agenda before it could be discussed. Anzek said that property is "still in play." A third location has not been revealed.
Wherever it opens first, it will be a first for Rochester Hills.
Tim Hortons started in Ontario in 1964. There are more than 3,000 locations in Canada and more than 700 across the United States. The nearest locations to Rochester Hills are on Opdyke Road in Auburn Hills and on Rochester Road in Troy.
In addition to coffee drinks and pastries, the restaurant serves sandwiches and breakfast items. Its signature "Timbits" are miniature doughnut holes served in sets of 10.