Tim Horton's in Cortland will close Thursday

CORTLAND, N.Y. – The Tim Horton's in Cortland is set to close Thursday, according to employees at the restaurant.

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The Tim Horton's at 141 Clinton Avenue, which opened in 2008, will close its doors at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Caitlin Doughtery, a Cortland resident and Tim Horton's employee, said her manager was given last-minute notice of the closure Wednesday night.

"I really don't know the reasoning behind the closing, I just know the employees weren't given a month notice," said Caitlin Dougherty, a Cortland resident and Tim Horton's employee. "All the employees here are struggling to find a job and pay the bills because we all got laid off."

The Canadian chain is abruptly closing many of its Central New York branches this week. Multiple restaurants in Syracuse are closing, as well as stores in Ithaca, Auburn, Oneida and Oswego.

The franchise has also decided to close some of its locations in Maine.

When asked why the Cortland store would be closing, Tim Horton's spokeswoman Sarah Robertson released the following statement to The Cortland Voice:

In line with our vision to deliver a great Guest experience while building and strengthening the Tim Hortons brand, we continuously review the performance of our restaurants. As we build the foundation for accelerated growth in the U.S., we have decided to close some restaurants in New York. We are supporting our Restaurant Owners in their transition and remain excited about the opportunities to expand the iconic Tim Hortons brand in the U.S.

We thank our Guests, the restaurant Team Members and the Restaurant Owners.

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