The Tim Hortons’ takeover in Minnesota appears to be floundering as all the Twin Cities locations have closed. Is Brainerd’s next?
The Canadian-based coffee and donut shop had made a quick impact in Minnesota over the last few years but as most anyone that drives by past 1 or 2pm notices quite an empty parking lot.
It appears as the ownership group Tim-Minn has made the call to shutter the doors of the metro locations immediately.
Tim Hortons locations across Minnesota have abruptly closed https://t.co/VFCNHKZhYw
— Mike Hicks (@mulad) May 2, 2019
The closures are likely linked to a lawsuit filed by Tim-Minn that alleged price-gouging on the part of the company, according to an article in the Canadian newspaper Times Colonist. The lawsuit claims that Tim Horton’s overcharges for certain items that franchisees are required to carry. Tim-Minn had an agreement to open more than 280 of the shops in Minnesota, and by the time the lawsuit was filed it had opened 14, according to the newspaper.
A 2017 lawsuit filed by Tim Horton/s had accused Tim-Minn of not paying their required franchise payments.
The Forest Lake store opened just 13 months ago and has confirmed they are also closed.
As of now, the Brainerd store is still open and an employee at the Brainerd store, which opened in 2017, stated they had not heard of any plans to close.
The franchise is owned by the same owners of Burger King which closed their Brainerd location in May of 2018.