The new Tim Hortons/Shell is going up fast in Musquodoboit Harbour. Bruce Vienneau, who is building the new facility, provided lots of new information at the June Town Hall meeting of the Musquodoboit Harbour & Area Chamber of Commerce and Civic Affairs.
Barring any last minute surprises, the site will open in late August, with hours from 6am to 11pm. There will be some 30 new jobs. The focus is on drive-through; the long driveway curving behind the building will hold up to 26 cars, far more than in Vienneau’s Tim Horton’s in Porters Lake. There will be inside seating for 22 (compared to 56 in Porters Lake). The on-site water treatment well and septic cost $400,000, including a 5000 liter cistern to meet peak demands without straining the well.
Vienneau said that traffic studies were inconclusive about accommodating traffic on Highway 7. The Department of Transportation will be monitoring traffic for the first 12 months to see whether there is a need for turning lanes. As to concerns about the impact on the community, Vienneau said that he believed that over time, the business “will keep people in the community.”