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    It was a good day for coffee drinkers at Garrison Petawawa with the official ribbon cutting to mark the opening of a new self serve Tim Hortons kiosk at the CANEX Expressmart. Doing the honours were (from left to right) CANEX General Manager Gerald Doner, Senior Vice President at Commercial Services Division Larry Mohr, 4th Canadian Division Support Group (4 CDSG) Commander Colonel Marc Gagne, CANEX Expressmart Manager Tosha Poirier, 4 CDSG Formation Sergeant Major Chief Warrant Officer Bill Richards, and District Manager Joanne Villeneuve. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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New Tim Hortons kiosk at CANEX Expressmart

Community News

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2016


Although it’s only been open a few weeks, a new self-serve Tim Hortons kiosk located at the CANEX Expressmart is already selling an average 100 cups of coffee and tea a day.

CANEX estimates that amount will climb once more people become aware of the service, and as more personnel return from Exercise Maple Resolve in Alberta.

It is one of 12 free-standing coffee kiosks open across the country. The suggestion to have one installed in Petawawa was welcomed by all partners. In fact, when Senior Vice President at Commercial Services Division Larry Mohr asked what could be done to improve the morale of soldiers at the Garrison, he always received one answer: more Tim Hortons.

So with the help of then- 4th Canadian Division Support Group (4 CDSG) Commander Colonel Marc Gagne and his team, he made it happen.

“We think it will be a great addition to this community,” said Mohr.

“It is a nice way to get the day started, with everybody coming to get their Tim’s,” he added. “It puts everybody in a much better mood.”

This service model has allowed the coffee and tea to be more accessible to consumers, reducing drive-thru wait times. It also helps CANEX draw more customers.

Col Gagne attended the official unveiling of the new Tim Hortons Kiosk on June 14. It was a project that he hoped would be completed sooner rather than later, and was pleased to see it completed.

“That’s what we have been trying to achieve, bringing in good products and services to our soldiers because they deserve it,” he said.

It’s a service that is bound to be very popular, noted 4 CDSG Formation Sergeant Major Chief Warrant Officer Bill Richards.

“Once it hits winter, with the rink outside, it will be nothing but an advantage,” he said.

Mohr confirmed the response has already been tremendously positive.

“Anything we can do, especially the little things, that can improve the morale of people is what our job is,” he said.

Foot traffic into the store has definitely grown with the addition of the coffee kiosk, said CANEX Expressmart Manager Tosha Poirier.

The concept is simple, she noted; customers pour their favourite brew into a chosen size, bring it to the cash register and pay for the purchase. They are, of course, invited to pick any other items the store offers at the same time.

“Our customers love it,” she said. “... They come in here, grab a coffee and whatever else they need to start their day, and carry on into work.”

(Note to readers: this event happened prior to Brigadier General Marc Gagne’s Change of Command and promotion to his current rank on June 17.)