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Vacancy Vision: Route 1 Tim Hortons

What would you like to see move into this empty spot?

When Tim Hortons pulled out of Connecticut in 2010, the chain left empty storefronts in their wake.

In Pawcatuck, one of those empty coffee spots became the site for the celebrated return of the beloved Bess Eaton. But one of Tim Hortons other Pawcatuck storefronts tells a different tale.

The location of the former Tim Hortons at 148 South Broad Street in Pawcatuck has sat empty for more than two years.

What would you like to see move in the location? Do you have an idea for what would be the perfect business or enterprise to occupy the old Tim Hortons building?

Pawcatuck resident January 11, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Chic-Fil-A
PATRICIASHAFER LOGAN January 11, 2013 at 05:21 PM
we need an arbys restaurant to go into the old tim hortons on south broad st in pawcatuck. arbys moved out of the crystal mall yrs ago and moved in west warwick ri. i am dying to get an arbys here.
PATRICIASHAFER LOGAN January 11, 2013 at 05:30 PM
we want an arbys to go into the old south broad st tim hortons! none of these other dumb suggesstions come on people your living in fantasy world here ! these suggesstions are to way out dated! wake up people ! we need an arbys in their to replace the arbys that was in the crystal mall in waterford. we want arbys ! no grocrie stores or laundromats or no no bakerys theirs plenty of bakerys in westerly.
PATRICIASHAFER LOGAN January 11, 2013 at 05:35 PM
or we need another bess eaton donuts on south broad st for the elderly people to hang out late afternoons like were doing now in down town pawcatuck with gangs of kids hanging around smoking in door ways and disrupting customers with fooling around in side the donut shop annoyeing customers and smoking in door ways bothering customers who have copd and emphysema like me or sitting out side in parking lots smoking like they do at bess eaton in down town pawcatuck hanging around customers vehicles.and no police monitoring these gangs of kids everyday. we need a nice quiet arbys that used to be in the crystal mall. abakery or coffee shop will just end up with gangs of kids hanging around.
PATRICIASHAFER LOGAN January 11, 2013 at 05:39 PM
we want an arbys to go into the old tim hortons on south broad st. i am dieing for an arbys to move back here. the nearest arbys is in west warwick ri. we dont need a kfc either. you people want chicken go to groton ct for it. KFC STINKS ! THEIRS BAKERYS ALL OVER DOWN TOWN WESTERLY WE DONT NEED NO MORE BAKERYS IN PAWCATUCK.
PATRICIASHAFER LOGAN January 11, 2013 at 05:39 PM
we want an arbys to go into the old tim hortons on south broad st. i am dieing for an arbys to move back here. the nearest arbys is in west warwick ri. we dont need a kfc either. you people want chicken go to groton ct for it. KFC STINKS ! THEIRS BAKERYS ALL OVER DOWN TOWN WESTERLY WE DONT NEED NO MORE BAKERYS IN PAWCATUCK.
PATRICIASHAFER LOGAN January 11, 2013 at 05:41 PM
lets take a unamous vote as to what should go in the former tim hortons on south broad st in pawcatuck ! arbys would be the best bet for pawcatuck.
PATRICIASHAFER LOGAN January 11, 2013 at 05:43 PM
the town should take a vote on what goes in to the former tim hortons on south broad st. this should be left up to this community.take a vote! with out the pzc or town selectman getting involved in this decision.
PATRICIASHAFER LOGAN January 11, 2013 at 05:47 PM
their is a subway already on south broad st in pawcatuck and a dry cleaners on main st in westerly.
PATRICIASHAFER LOGAN January 11, 2013 at 05:50 PM
their is also a panera bread at foxwoods casinos. we dont need another panera breads in pawcatuck ! wake up people look around you in this town will you ! fantasy world.these places are to out dated for this little town of pawcatuck. wake up folks look around you! to many of these places already. we need another arbys to go into the former tim hortons.on south broad st. take a vote as to what should go into the former tim hortons.let the community to decide on this.
marshall January 11, 2013 at 06:30 PM
Why would anyone want to pay an extremely high rent to create a business in the "dead zone" of pawcatuck on route 1 where over a dozen businesses have failed in the last 2 years?
PATRICIASHAFER LOGAN January 11, 2013 at 06:44 PM
we have grocrie stores in westerly we dont need no more no more grocrie stores here. we have stop and shop and mcquades.
Corey Sipe January 11, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Does anyone know why the Arby's closed in the Crystal Mall several years ago? It would be a good story for Patch to cover! Was it the high rent, low sales, inability to get hard working associates, etc? And what happened to the Roy Rogers on the North Stonington truck stop? It was kind of high priced but a nice alternative in the regular fast food choices in southeastern CT. Patch should do a story why several fast food chains do not exist in our region but do exist in other parts of CT or New England and how can we entice them to open in our region! Yes, independent stores and restaurants are great but they are best suited for downtown areas where they can support each other versus trying to be their own magnet for traffic on Route 2 near many competing chains.
Patsy Crothers January 11, 2013 at 07:25 PM
That building is too small for an Arby's,let's get some real food like a bakery and coffee shop.
Corey Fyke (Editor) January 11, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Right on, Jeanne!
Doris Wickerd January 11, 2013 at 09:27 PM
If it has to be a food place, Taco Bell would be great, but, we have 0 fabric places in this area for those of us who sew, or do fabric related crafts. Does anyone sew any more? I have to go to Waterford for fabric, or maybe sometimes the Westerly Walmart. Why does it need to be an eatery?
Sheryl Floyd January 11, 2013 at 09:30 PM
A really hip internet cafe.... small bites and good coffee.
Elizabeth Mitchell Cipriano January 11, 2013 at 09:53 PM
Good point Marshall, I own a business in the dead zone and it isn't getting any better. My sister owns one as well. We are hoping something will breathe some life into this stretch of route 1 that has so much potential. Until then we go month to month, hoping to not be the next statistic in the failed business column.
Taxpayer January 11, 2013 at 10:35 PM
We need something different around here. I agree with Chic-Fil-A! The closest one is Massachusetts. Right near the high school is a prime spot for it.
Elizabeth Mitchell Cipriano January 11, 2013 at 10:49 PM
Somebody please take her to Arby's !!!!!!
Shelley Roy January 12, 2013 at 01:38 AM
I would like to see either The broken Yolk, which is also in New London, Moes or Trader Joes
marshall January 12, 2013 at 02:54 AM
Elizabeth, A wise man once told me "when the horse is dead, you have to know it is time to get off" Speaking from my own business experience experience on this stretch of Route 1.
S January 12, 2013 at 03:19 AM
I think a Chick-fil-A would be awesome, but I've really only seen them in high traffic areas (in the South). I don't think they would get enough business.
parent January 12, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Psycho!! What a rant!! Take her to Arbys then to school where she can learn to spell, maybe she didn't get enough schooling in her day... See comment in full day kindergarten article!
Daryll Dowty January 12, 2013 at 07:08 PM
I think a Johnny Rockets would thrive in that location. Invite hot rod clubs to do shows on a regular basis. Promote a "Happy Days" atmosphere in an Old New England Village. If Done right, it would really build the area, If that is what the residents really want to do.
Joe Cascio February 05, 2013 at 04:47 PM
A co-working space where people who are self-employed or work at home can pay a small amount to have an office-like atmosphere to work in. There are a lot more work-at-home jobs now, plus there are a lot of people who have summer or weekend places here that would like a place to work that has good coffee, fast wi-fi and a quiet, business-like atmosphere (read: no screaming kids).
Janine Marie February 11, 2013 at 03:19 PM
Someone please take her to Arby's so her bulligerant ranting will end!
Gina P February 11, 2013 at 04:39 PM
What makes you think she likes Arby's??
Kelly D February 11, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Fake roast beef!!! Yummy
Janine Marie February 11, 2013 at 07:11 PM
Just a guess Gina.

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