By Michael Potestio, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

A North Kamloops Tim Hortons restaurant has closed indefinitely as a result of an incident last weekend that was the latest in a series of property crime and other social issues impacting the area.

At about 8:40 a.m. on Saturday, July 17, a man reportedly entered the business at 481 Tranquille Rd., went behind the counter, demanded milk from staff, poured it in his eyes, spewed mucus, yelled and screamed for more and was acting aggressively, though no one was reported to be physically harmed.

RCMP attended and arrested the man, and also seized a weapon, and the man has since been released on an undertaking. The disturbance was referenced on social media, with some posts indicating the man may have been pepper sprayed before entering the store.

A sign is now posted on the door of the Tim Hortons, reading “Closed until further notice.”

KTW contacted the owner of the business, who said he could not yet speak about what occurred.

North Shore Business Improvement Association executive director Jeremy Heighton said he spoke with the franchisee, who informed him they opted to close and will be “retooling their operations.”

Heighton said he is hopeful the business will reopen, but understands the need for the business to take a step back, reassess and look at security and staff protection.

Staff of the Tranquille Road restaurant are not expected to be laid off and have been transferred to other Tim Hortons locations in the meantime.

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