Doughnut Chain Closes Stores With No Warning

Doughnut Chain Closes Stores With No Warning Click to Enlarge Photo: Jake Judd (KNSI)

(KNSI) - Several Tim Hortons restaurants have closed abruptly in the Twin Cities area while St. Cloud's remains open.

According to reports, the Canadian doughnut-and-coffee chain has apparently closed up.

It's a bit of a surprising development considering Tim Hortons announced its plans for the Twin Cities region in 2016 and said they had development commitments for 280 restaurants over the next 14 years.

Tim Hortons opened in St. Cloud in February of 2018. As of Friday morning, the store was still operating.

But there have been signs of trouble.

In December 2017, seven Tim Hortons in the Twin Cities were sued by their parent company for not paying franchise fee payments.

And in February, Tim-Minn, the franchise group that operates some Minnesota Tim Hortons, sued Tim Hortons for price gouging.

The suit claims Tim Hortons made false and misleading statements, prompting Minn-Tim to invest millions of dollars in plans to open more restaurants than Minn-Tim can afford to operate.

It's unclear what will happen to a handful of Tim Hortons in the rest of the state.

Several messages left with the company haven't been returned.