Canada’s favorite donut and coffee chain is coming to China! Yesterday, July 11, Tim Hortons announced an agreement with Cartesian Capital Group to open more than 1,500 restaurant locations over the next decade.
"We have two main priorities at Tim Hortons: building and strengthening our brand in Canada; and expanding our iconic Canadian brand to the rest of the world," said Tim Hortons President Alex Macedo in a press release. "China's population and vibrant economy represent an excellent growth opportunity for Tim Hortons in the coming years."
Founded in 1964 in Hamilton Ontario and named after a famed Canadian hockey player, Tim Hortons is a Canadian institution. The fast food chain, which is colloquially referred to as Timmies, is as synonymous with The Great White North as ice hockey, maple syrup, moose and – as much as we wish it weren't so – Nickelback.
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The chain of restaurants operated largely within Canadian borders until the 1980s, when they began a push into the American market. Now Tim Hortons has locations around the world, including in Spain, the United Kingdom and the Philippines (the brand’s first foray into Asia).
No word yet on where China’s first Timmies location will pop up, but with over 1,500 shops set to open in the next 10 years, those living in first-tier cities can rest assured that they’ll eventually have access to honey crullers, double-doubles, iced capps and bagel BELTs.
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