Tim Hortons franchisee offers jobs to Target employees

Tim Hortons franchise owner Andrew Marriott poses for a photo at his Applewood location in Calgary,...

Tim Hortons franchise owner Andrew Marriott poses for a photo at his Applewood location in Calgary, Alta., on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Marriott runs four Tim Hortons stores, and he's offering jobs to anyone laid off in the nationwide Target shutdown. (Lyle Aspinall/QMI Agency)

Bill Kaufmann, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:28 AM ET

CALGARY -- It could be just the timely coffee break soon-to-be-jobless Target employees were looking for.

One Tim Hortons franchisee in Calgary is putting out the welcome mat to staff at the U.S.-based retail giant who’ll soon be looking for work.

Last week, Target announced it’ll be shuttering its 133 Canadian stores after losing billions of dollars in the wake of 22 months of operation.

In Calgary, six of the locations will close, each one employing well over 100 people.

Tim Hortons franchisee Andrew Marriott said those Target workers would be a good fit at his restaurants.

“We’d love to have the Target employees and there’s similarities in retail,” said Marriott, who operates four Calgary-area locations.

“They’d be ideal candidates for Tim Hortons.

“We’ve always had a demand to bring employees to our stores,” said Marriott.

Sears Canada has also put the word out for Target staff and will be holding job fairs this month.

Target says it’ll keep its stores open over the next five months during liquidation, adding it’ll provide all its Canadian staffers 16 weeks of compensation.

Even so, Marriott said the retailer’s announcement comes at a tough time for its workers when Christmas holiday bills come due.

“The first thing that comes to mind is a lot of people will be needing employment and a paycheque,” he said, adding Tim Hortons branches don’t experience business peaks and valleys.

“We don’t have a slow time ... we provide stability.”​


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