Plans percolate for “destination” coffee shop at HARBORcenter

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – It’s not surprising to hear there will be a coffee shop in HARBORcenter when construction at “hockey heaven” wraps up. But Tim Hortons’ officials say this will be something special.

The cafe and bake shop is going to honor the legacy of the man behind the name of their chain, Tim Horton. At the end of his 25 years in professional hockey, Miles Gilbert “Tim” Horton played for the Buffalo Sabres. He died a year later.

Horton started his restaurant chain in 1964 and it now has nearly 4,500 locations nationwide. The store being built inside HARBORcenter will be a tribute to Horton and the history of downtown Buffalo.

Marc Caira, Tim Hortons President and CEO, said, “We are proud to celebrate our longstanding partnership with the Sabres and pay tribute to Tim Horton and his legacy here in Buffalo. From a single location that opened 50 years ago, to the first U.S. restaurant in Amherst, N.Y. that opened almost 30 years ago, Tim Hortons heritage is as deeply rooted in Buffalo as it is anywhere else.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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