Tim Hortons Looking to Rebuild Dunkin' Donuts in Rochester Hills

It's one of three planned locations in the city for the Canadian coffee and donut shop.

Tim Hortons, known throughout North America for its coffee and pastries (including the popular "Timbits") is looking to open up to three locations in Rochester Hills.

Up first: a rebuilding of the former site on Rochester Road. The Ontario, Canada-based company has submitted to the city of Rochester Hills plans to knock down the building and put a drive-thru Tim Hortons in its place. The city's planning commission is expected to review the site plan in September, according to Ed Anzek, director of planning and economic development for the city.

Because the plans call for a drive-thru, City Council will need to give final approval for a special permit for the restaurant.

"Officials from Tim Hortons have advised us that they are looking to enter the Rochester Hills market with three facilities," said Anzek.

A across from  was submitted to Rochester Hills City Council earlier this year then removed from the agenda before it could be discussed. Anzek said that property is "still in play." A third location has not been revealed.

Wherever it opens first, it will be a first for Rochester Hills. 

Tim Hortons started in Ontario in 1964. There are more than 3,000 locations in Canada and more than 700 across the United States. The nearest locations to Rochester Hills are on Opdyke Road in Auburn Hills and on Rochester Road in Troy.

In addition to coffee drinks and pastries, the restaurant serves sandwiches and breakfast items. Its signature "Timbits" are miniature doughnut holes served in sets of 10.

Marge Kelly August 16, 2012 at 10:28 AM
So happy that Tim Hortons is coming to Rochester Hills! Their coffee is the BEST!
Robyn August 16, 2012 at 12:56 PM
So glad been waiting for a Tim Hortons for a long time.
David Gifford August 16, 2012 at 12:57 PM
I think that a Tim Hortons would do well on the site of the old Dunkin Donuts for those traveling south to work but the parking lot is too small for the amount of traffic I think it would receive so I can forsee dangerous lines backed up to the road. It is a great idea but due to the amount of and the speed of the traffic, it is a dangerous location to turn out of.
Ginger Carson August 16, 2012 at 01:09 PM
YES!! I've been waiting for this. I love that place!
Megan August 16, 2012 at 01:20 PM
M.M. August 16, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Please please please. We need one!!!!!
Sherry August 16, 2012 at 01:42 PM
It would be very nice to see something fill that Dunkin' Donuts vacancy!!
Jessica Story August 16, 2012 at 03:09 PM
I'm in it for the bagles! Panera and Starbucks don't put the cream cheese on for you, so its impossible to eat on the go. You should put one in by Huntington Ford, on S. Rochester Rd and Auburn! You can't grad a quick breakfast anywhere around there!
Luca Brazzi August 16, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Just what the over-weight group in Rochester Hills needs - more fat!
Carol Lynn August 16, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Double YAY! But, the Dunkin' Donut site would not be good - I think that's why we rarely went. Hard to get in and out of and no parking !
Chris Doan August 16, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Yay. Very happy to have more options for good coffee nearby.
Dennis Ptak August 16, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Very, very pleased. Just one thing.....use Dunkin or Speedway lids for the cups
K Warriner August 17, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Love the chili!
Belle August 17, 2012 at 03:25 AM
This would be good. However, I agree with the other about the amount of traffic in the parking lot. It might be way too small. As coming into the place and going south might cause a problem trying to get out onto Rochester again.
lisa August 18, 2012 at 01:56 PM
What about the book store in front of Pet Mart? As only one way traffic can use the other site!!!!!
Carol August 18, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Great idea but bad location if you are planning to go north on Rochester Road.
Thomas Perry August 20, 2012 at 06:06 PM
I think the city need to place a traffic light at the Lifetime entrance on Rochester and FORCE the surrounding property owners, along with Lifetime, to connect the parking lots. Trying to make a left out of any of those businesses is life-threatening. There is no reason this should not have already been a done-deal when Lifetime was built. It should be a topic of discussion now with Tim Hortons pending approval.
David Gifford August 20, 2012 at 06:17 PM
That does sound like a good idea but I'm sure there is a city ordinance against connecting driveways. The road is so wide and so busy it seems that installing a median and Michigan left turns would be a better solution than a stoplight. Turning left out of anywhere on the west side of Rochester Road is dangerous. How about a roundabout at Lifetime and one at Avon too? (Just kidding!)
Thomas Perry August 21, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Anything, from a Michigan left to a roundabout, would be an improvement. If there is a city ordinance against connecting driveways, then it needs to be changed.
Bonnie Kosovec May 04, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Just returned home with my Tuscan chicken Panini to find my first bite taste odd. I pulled a rubber band with hair on it out of my mouth ........ That's outrageous!!!! I am a nurse, do you realize the possible repercussions had I swallowed that! I would NEVER come back there. I will relay this to all my friends and family in Rochester .....I am still sick to my stomach thinking about it! Bonnie Kosovec
A June 08, 2013 at 06:52 PM
I went there and enjoyed my Tuscan Chicken Panini! It was really good! I will be back! The service was great and quick. Loved the food and so glad we have a Tim Hortons in Rochester Hills we really needed one! I will tell all my family and friends to come to Tim Hortons in Rochester Hills! I love it!


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »