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December 12, 2012

Tim Hortons opens while work continues on retail mix next door

By Terry Oparka
C & G Staff Writer

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Tim Hortons Café and Bake Shop opened its doors on Big Beaver, west of Rochester, as part of the Kilmer Plaza, Dec. 6.

There will be more places than ever to grab a cup of joe in Troy after a Tim Hortons Café and Bake Shop opened doors on Big Beaver last week.

It is the third Tim Hortons in Troy and the second Tim Hortons that Maureen Finnigan and her husband, John Mara, own and operate. The couple also owns and operates the Tim Hortons on Rochester Road between Big Beaver and Wattles and will open another Tim Hortons on Maple and John R in coming weeks.

The Tim Hortons Big Beaver store is part of the T.H. Marsh and Landus Development, also known as the Kilmer Plaza.

The development will include an outdoor fountain and artwork, and tenants include Scotttrade, DiBella’s Subs, Sy Thai restaurant, a Sleep Number store and Massage Green Wellness Center.

Finnigan, a graduate of Athens High School, is a board member of the Boys & Girls Club of Troy. The couple will donate all proceeds from sales at their Tim Hortons on the first day of June to send local children in need to summer camp. Finnegan said the Boys & Girls Club of Troy would provide the names of the recipient children.

“We love Troy,” Finnigan said. “Troy is our home.”

“She does so much for this community,” Troy Mayor Dane Slater said at the restaurant’s grand opening Dec. 6.

The development is in line with the Big Beaver Corridor Plan, Troy economic development specialist Glenn Lapin said.

“The planned unit development lays out the parameters, which the developer has to stick to,” City Planner Brent Savidant said of plans for the site.

The Troy City Council approved plans for the planned unit development (PUD) in June of 2009. The plans for the 2.5-acre site include 14 condominiums, 30 percent of open, green space and 19,226 feet of retail space in three commercial buildings. The PUD option allowed the developer higher density in exchange for providing features, such as storm water management, a central plaza with green space and compatibility with existing development along Big Beaver.

A vacant duplex had stood on the site prior to the development.

Ryan Marsh, the developer, said that the commercial center is fully leased and the final tenant would be announced by the end of this year. He added that the construction of the 14 condos on the site was expected to begin in the spring. Marsh said the condos would be 2,000 square feet and priced at $195,000.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Terry Oparka at toparka@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1054.