New Tim Horton's store opens on Hwy 97 with double drive-thru

Double double drive-thru

Kelowna's newest Tim Horton's store on Hwy 97 is open for business, and it's the first Timmies in the city to feature a double drive-thru.

Construction started last fall on the new site, which is located in the parking lot of Canadian Tire on Leckie Road.

The store officially opened on Jan. 12 after 18 months of planning, says general manager Travis Olsvik.

"It’s exciting. This is our new flagship, and the first double drive-thru in the Kelowna area. We’re really excited about being able to offer better service at the same speed, and keep that Timmies motto going where it’s quick and accurate.

"In the past we’re always on a time crunch trying to make the best for every customer, because we are known for our speed. That’s what we want to try and continue, but we also want to give the best service possible, and I think this gives us an opportunity to give better service and still keep a good time." 

The new store features murals, a long table designed like a hockey rink, and lights intended to resemble goalie masks. 

"Coming up with Memorial Cup, I think it’s going to be really fun for people to tie that in," says Olsvik.  

They've also managed to boost their staff numbers by adding 30 more members to the store.

It's been a much-needed light at the end of the tunnel after months of dealing with the horrific blaze which took down their Rutland store on Dec. 9, says Olsvik. 

"Over the last few months we’ve had a pretty tough go at one of our stores with the vehicle, and we just want to thank everybody, because the sales came back almost instantly. It really shows how much our customers care about us and we want them to know that we care just as much. 

"I feel like we’re finally getting back to the end of the tunnel, and this is a pretty bright new part of it, so we’re excited to have something new and be able to service a little more of our base in the area."

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