Calgary home quietly turned into Tim Hortons overnight
Published Tuesday, September 23, 2014 11:55AM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, September 23, 2014 2:23PM EDT
Residents in a southwest Calgary neighbourhood woke up Tuesday to find a residential home had been transformed into a fully functioning Tim Hortons store overnight.
The Oakridge home was transformed into a temporary restaurant as part of the company's bid to draw attention to the more than 2,000 positions it is trying to fill. The pop-up outlet will permanently close at noon Tuesday.
"We are inviting people to join us today to have a coffee and talk about maybe an opportunity to work at a local Tim Hortons in the Calgary area," Tim Hortons Director of Marketing in Western Canada Doug Gunn said.
The company is looking to fill 280 positions in Calgary and another 1,800 positions across Alberta.
Gunn said that crews secretly renovated the home to surprise residents first thing Tuesday morning.
"Yesterday it was a house, today it is a Tim Hortons, an operating restaurant," he said. "We started quietly, inside the house, doing stuff on Sunday morning, but we turned the house into a restaurant last evening."
The company tweeted out photos of the house, which it decked out with Tim Hortons-themed home accessories, including throw blankets and hand soaps for the washroom. The tweets were sent out using the hashtag #TimsNextDoor.
Residents were soon flocking to the home to take advantage of their new coffee-serving neighbour.
"It's a block away from my house," Kayla Perry said, while enjoying a free cup of coffee. "It looks like a restaurant and there's people sitting at a table."
Some impressed customers also tweeted out their surprise and appreciation on Twitter.
A Tims next door came to Oakridge. Best morning ever, free coffee! Thanks #TimsNextDoor :) u made my morning— Samantha Maheu (@kyrbri) September 23, 2014
Can you imagine waking up to a Tim Hortons on your street? If you're in Calgary you have to check this out! #TimsNextDoor— Chloe Mansfield (@chloemansfield) September 23, 2014
Meanwhile, Tims' fans living outside of Calgary said they'd like to see a similar type of restaurant established in their own neighbourhood.
Can we get a #TimsNextDoor in Allegany, NY?— Erik Jones (@ErikJones2) September 23, 2014
With files from CTV Calgary