Sunday, July 12, 2009

Tim Hortons takes on New York, New York

Coffee in Canada

Tim Hortons is headin' to New York. The Canadian based quick service restaurant, which currently has more than 3,500 locations in Canada and the US, will be offering its coffee, baked goods, soups and sandwiches in three co-branded stores with Cold Stone Creamery. It includes Cold Stone's flagship Times Square location on West 42nd Street.

The co-branding test initiative was announced by the two companies in March 2009, and involves up to 50 locations in the United States for each chain. There will be a similar initiative in Canada involving six co-branded locations. More than 40 restos have already been rebranded with the combo Cold Stone Creamery/Tim Hortons concept.

Founded by Canadian hockey legend Tim Horton, his namesake company is the number one quick service restaurant in Canada. It currently has more than 500 stores in the US, where its headquarters are located in Dublin, Ohio.

According to The London Free Press in London, Ontario, the company is opening a dozen outlets in Manhattan, including Penn Station on July 13. That locale was formerly a Dunkin' Donuts.

Elsewhere in the Tim Hortons world, a man stole an autographed photo of Canadian hockey player Sidney Crosby from a Strathmore, Alberta Tim Hortons.

You won't find coffee like this at Tim Hortons. A latte from Blenz in Steveston, BC. Photo by Sue Frause