Tim Hortons expected to open here in March

Sooke’s Tim Hortons expected to open in March

T’Sou-ke Nation will begin construction of coffee shop and gas bar in October, say officials.

  • Aug. 26, 2016 12:00 p.m.

Sooke, rejoice! Tim Hortons is expected to open up shop in Sooke as early as March.

The coffee shop will be part of a 3,600-square-foot convenience store that will serve a Petro-Canada gas station.

Construction is expected to start in October. Originally the store was expected to open this fall.

The proposed half-hectare development will be built on a parcel of T’Sou-ke Nation land located between Saseenos elementary and Edward Milne community schools, said Jeff Frank, senior director with Castle Main Group, a First Nations development company.

For the last few years, Frank worked closely with the T’Sou-ke band, Tim Hortons, and the B.C. Transportation Ministry to get the project off the ground.

“It’s been a long way coming, but the [T’Sou-ke] band has shown a lot of perseverance and doing it for the right reasons,” Frank said.

“They want to build a project that will service the community for many years.”

The issue now is that the site doesn’t have a wastewater system.

And while that’s OK for phase one, Frank said they will need to have discussions with the District of Sooke for subsequent phases.

There’s also the concern of keeping the flow of traffic going as locals cram into a lineup to get their hands on a fresh doughnut and coffee.

Frank said the group is negotiating with the Ministry of Transportation on the best possible layout.

Frank is optimistic of the outcome.

“The ability for bands to create wealth on reserve is one of the key items in that process of reconciliation,” he said. “What the T’Sou-ke Nation is doing is exemplary.”

Just Posted

Last chance to say hello to the future

Saanich 150 time capsule on display at municipal hall

New trail system proposed for Sooke

System will connect parks and green spaces and encourage alternate forms of transportation

Giants draw first blood in WHL playoff series vs. Victoria

Home ice advantage non-existent for Royals against arch-rival Vancouver

Saanich makes appeal for regional fire dispatch system

Five CRD communities drop Saanich service in favour of Surrey

Sooke football coach has no plans on stopping

Tony Nelson has played multiple sports his entire life

Vancouver Island’s Best Videos of the Week

A look at some of the best video stories from the past week ending March 23, 2018

Public warned not to eat herring eggs harvested from French Creek to Qualicum Bay

Island Health reports vibrio cholerae infection linked to eating herring eggs

Canadian cities hold March for our Lives events in wake of Florida shooting

Hundreds of people support the massive March for Our Lives event in Washington, D.C.

Health officials called after acid spill near B.C.-Alberta border leaks into creek

Tanker truck crashed south of Dawson Creek, spilling 17,000 litres of hydrochloric acid

Embattled band Hedley plays last show in B.C. before hiatus

About 3,000 tickets had sold for final performance at Kelowna’s Prospera Place

Trudeau to exonerate B.C. First Nations chiefs hanged in 1860s

Prime Minister to absolve Tsilhqot’in chiefs in relation to deaths of 14 construction workers

Canucks sing the Blues as they fall to St. Louis 4-1

Berglund nets two, including the game-winner, to lift St. Louis over Vancouver

Calving season brings hope for Cariboo ranchers

Still a lot of work ahead to recover from the wildfires

Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond wins figure skating world title

The 22-year-old fwon the women’s singles crown with her Black Swan routine

Most Read