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Harborcenter Tim Hortons reopens Tuesday under new ownership

Harborcenter Tim Hortons reopens Tuesday under new ownership

Harborcenter Tim Hortons grand opening

Customers place the first orders at HarborCenter's Tim Hortons on its opening day. 

The Pegulas are out of the doughnut business.

The Buffalo Sabres and Bills owners have sold the Tim Hortons location at LECOM Harborcenter to Kelton Enterprises, an Amherst-headquartered franchisee that owns another 30 cafes in the Buffalo Niagara market.

Technically, Kelton bought the franchise from Intermission Management, a limited liability company owned by PSE, a company that handles the Pegulas' business portfolio, according to Kelton President David Beaton. 

David and Allanna Beaton founded Kelton Enterprises in 1999. The Tim Hortons at Harborcenter opened in 2014 with the simultaneous unveiling of a statue of Tim Horton, the former Sabres defenseman who co-founded the coffee and doughnut chain in 1964. Horton was killed in a car crash in 1974 at age 44. The chain is now owned by Toronto-based Restaurant Brands International.

"It is an honor to have the opportunity to operate the flagship Tim Hortons dedicated to his legacy as a Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman, entrepreneurial business career and Buffalo Sabres history," David Beaton said in a news release. "Canalside is a showcase to the world, and we are happy to be a part of the resurgence in Downtown Buffalo.” 

Kelton Enterprises has franchise locations in Lockport, Newfane, Pendleton, Amherst, Tonawanda, Warsaw, Lackawanna and on the University at Buffalo's North Campus. It employs more than 800 people.

The Harborcenter cafe features wall decals and plaques that give background on Horton's life and career. Its decor is a tribute to Buffalo's now demolished Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, where Horton once played and which was located just steps away from the cafe.

Kim Pegula said PSE hospitality will focus on its other food ventures, (716) Food and Sport, the Draft Room and the Healthy Scratch.

The Tim Hortons Cafe & Bakeshop at Harborcenter reopens Tuesday.

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