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It Appears Canadian Chain Tim Hortons Is Eyeing Downtown Atlanta

Also, Whataburger may be opening its first ITP Atlanta location on Cobb Parkway

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Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for over 12 years.

Canadian-based coffee and sandwich chain Tim Hortons is apparently planning to open a “downtown Atlanta” location “in just a couple months,” according to news buried in a press release about its upcoming Columbus location. Exactly where in Atlanta has yet to be announced, as representatives for Tim Hortons are staying mum on the specific address.

The company plans to open at least 30 Georgia locations over the next five years, including more in Atlanta and metro area cities like Suwanee and Newnan by the end of 2023. A location is also in the works for Jonesboro, Clayton News Daily reports, and franchisee Abid Khutliwala inked a deal last year to open 15 locations of Tim Hortons across the state, starting with a location on Veterans Parkway in Columbus later this spring.

Tim Hortons (Tim’s or Timmies) is known for its French vanilla lattes and frozen hot chocolates, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, and doughnuts. The company is currently Canada’s largest coffee chain, with nearly 5,000 locations throughout the world. Annual sales for Tim Hortons topped $2.25 billion in 2021.

In other restaurant chain news, Texas-based Shipley Do-Nuts is now open on Keith Bridge Road, bringing 60 varieties of doughnuts to Cumming in Forsyth County. Another 30 locations are planned for Georgia in the coming years. Shipley includes over 300 franchises throughout the South and Colorado.

It appears Whataburger is opening its first ITP (inside the Perimeter) location on Cobb Parkway, according to Tomorrow’s News Today. A job was posted to the company’s website recently for a Whataburger taking up residency in the former Joella’s Hot Chicken space at Akers Mill Square. It could open by the end of 2023. Two Whataburger locations are now open in metro Atlanta in Kennesaw and Woodstock, with forthcoming locations set to open in Cumming, Snellville, Covington, and Buford. Locations are also planned for Monroe, Athens, and Dawsonville. A Whataburger is also open in Thomasville near the Georgia-Florida state line.