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Posted on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 : 5:58 a.m.

Tim Hortons signs deal to open store near University of Michigan campus

By Lizzy Alfs

Tim Hortons’ signature donuts and coffee are hitting the University of Michigan campus this fall when a new store opens on South University Avenue.


Tim Hortons, 7-Eleven and No Thai! plan to open on the first-floor of Landmark student high-rise.

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JJ Smith, executive vice president of development and construction for Landmark property owner Campus Acquisitions, said the Canadian coffee shop chain is the third tenant to sign a lease for the first-floor of the under-construction building.

Tim Hortons joins No Thai! and 7-Eleven at Landmark — which is situated on the corner of South University and South Forest.

The 600-bed development is expected to open this fall when U-M’s fall semester begins.

Smith said the coffee shop — which has been targeting the Ann Arbor area the past two years — will occupy about 1,570 square feet with frontage along South University, and the store should open around the end of September.

He said a deal is almost finalized for the remaining 3,000-square-foot space on the corner of the building. The retail spaces are listed with Colliers International’s Ann Arbor office for an annual $45-per-square-foot.

“This specific tenant mix was chosen for the amenity that we believe it will bring to Landmark residents, as well as the surrounding community, and we believe the corner tenant will add to that amenity,” Smith said via email.


Tim Hortons has three new stores in the works for the Ann Arbor area.

Photo courtesy of Tim Hortons

In Aug. 2011, Tim Hortons signed deals to open two stores on long-vacant sites in Ann Arbor.

The first is the site of the former Enzo’s at the northeast corner of State and Ellsworth Roads. Ann Arbor City Council voted in April to approve the store’s site plan, which calls to demolish the existing 9,558-square-foot building and construct a 1,953-square-foot restaurant with drive-thru facilities.

The second site is in Maple Village at the site of the former Golden Chef Restaurant, which was destroyed by fire in 2006.

City planner Matt Kowalski said no site plans have been submitted yet for this location, and a Tim Hortons representative could not immediately be reached for comment.

In March, the company considered opening a store in the lab coffee shop space in downtown Ann Arbor, but the deal later unraveled.

Tim Hortons also has a marketing deal with the University of Michigan, preserving its exposure in the Ann Arbor market.

As of April 1, Tim Hortons operated 4,042 company-operated and franchised stores, including existing stores on Michigan Avenue in Ypsilanti Township and Michigan Avenue in Saline.

The company employs 2,288 full-time workers, and was valued at $8.29 billion based on a Monday stock price of $53.21.

Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for Reach her at 734-623-2584 or email her at Follow her on Twitter at


Madeleine Borthwick

Tue, Jul 31, 2012 : 6:55 p.m.

Goody. just what we need. another coffee shop. doesn't anybody ever invest in a coffee maker anymore? sheeeeeesh.

Rob MI

Tue, Jul 31, 2012 : 3:10 p.m.

"Hitting the University of Michigan campus" makes it seem like they were never here. "Returning" would have been a better word choice in my opinion. How quickly it is forgotten that there was a Tim Hortons in the basement of the Michigan League for quite some time.

Madeleine Borthwick

Tue, Jul 31, 2012 : 6:53 p.m.

Rob, too right. I know. I used to work there.

Lizzy Alfs

Tue, Jul 31, 2012 : 3:36 p.m.

@Rob MI: I didn't know that!


Tue, Jul 31, 2012 : 1:30 p.m.


Madeleine Borthwick

Tue, Jul 31, 2012 : 6:52 p.m.

Tag, enjoy your fat-and-calorie-laden harbingers of death(I do too).


Tue, Jul 31, 2012 : 1:01 p.m.

I only care about the Maple Village location.


Tue, Jul 31, 2012 : 12:31 p.m.

Aren't the youth of America already overweight? And this is the help we give them? Donuts?

Unusual Suspect

Tue, Jul 31, 2012 : 5:31 p.m.

Worthless, I agree with you. However, since it is my policy to give thumbs down to anybody who complains about getting thumbs down, I'm afraid I had to give you one.

Unusual Suspect

Tue, Jul 31, 2012 : 3:48 p.m.

"Aren't the youth of America already overweight? And this is the help we give them? Donuts?" Thank you for you input, Mrs. Obama.


Tue, Jul 31, 2012 : 1:11 p.m.

perhaps that is due to their helicopter parents driving them to and from school 3 blocks away, mom not telling them to go play outside and not to come in unless they are hungry or bleeding, parents not limiting computer time or buying them video games for Christmas instead of a bike. controlling donut intake is a personal responsibility, that being said not all overweight people 1. eat donuts. 2. overeat 3. lack excercise 4. give a crap what you think.


Tue, Jul 31, 2012 : 12:57 p.m.

to Ron Granger "And Tasty!" Huh?

Ron Granger

Tue, Jul 31, 2012 : 12:52 p.m.

It would be interesting to study how obesity varies at different colleges. If you spend any time around the Michigan campus you'll know that the students are not typically overweight. In fact, they are quite lean. And tasty! Though a lot of them do eat a lot of junk. Omega Pizza, where are you now?


Tue, Jul 31, 2012 : 12:51 p.m.

I agree.I think every new restaurant should submit their menu to you for approval


Tue, Jul 31, 2012 : 11:36 a.m.

Medium coffee, double-double on the way to work, here I come!