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Downtown Arby’s closing for new Tim Hortons

Say goodbye to the Arby’s restaurant on Delaware Avenue in downtown Buffalo. Say hello to a new and more upscale Tim Hortons.

The longtime fast-food restaurant known for its roast beef will be redeveloped into a new Tim Hortons restaurant, at 537 Delaware near Allen Street, said auctioneer Cash Cunningham, who is overseeing the sale of the restaurant equipment.

The store closed as of Sept. 13, after 35 years in business, said franchise owner Vince Allesandra, who also owns two other Arby’s locations and an Anderson’s ice cream store in Lockport.

Allesandra said the Arby’s store was successful, but he is going into semiretirement, and, “I didn’t feel like running that anymore.” He will still own the property, but the Canadian company will lease it.

Cunningham said the new restaurant will be part of the doughnut shop’s new design, with couches and more comfortable seating.

The public auction of equipment by Cash Realty & Auctions will be held on the site at 10 a.m. next Tuesday.

Items up for bidding include a walk-in cooler and freezer, an ice machine, Alt-Shaam holding ovens, a computerized fry station, a vent hood, automatic slicers, a soft-serve ice cream machine, a double convection cook and hold oven, bread warmers, toasters, microwaves and the typical assortment of tables, chairs and booths, among other items.

A preview will be held earlier that morning at 8:30.