Hello and hi. Have you heard the news? Tim Hortons is coming to the UK. Cue massive applause. The only problem is…is that we Brits have absolutely NO idea of even who or what Tim Hortons is. For those of you who are not familiar with Tim Hortons (everyone I know…excluding my Canadian cousins) Tim Hortons is a Canadian coffee chain, who has recently announced they are expanding/coming to the UK. I suspect Tim Hortons is very much like Dunkin Donuts back home. I don’t know for sure. I don’t eat trash. Who am I kidding? Given half the chance I would eat at Dunkin Donuts every.single.day. Love that place. Oh gosh. We don’t have it here in the UK but we do have the exorbitantly priced Krispy Kreme donut chain. Yes. Yes, we do.
Tim Hortons Inc. (A brief history)
Tim Hortons Inc is known internationally as ‘Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shop.’ It is a Canadian-based multinational fast food restaurant and is known for its coffee and doughnuts. In addition, it is also Canada’s largest quick service restaurant chain.
Founded in 1964 in Hamilton, Ontario (shout out to my peeps in Ontario!) by hockey player Tim Horton and Jim Charade (after an initial venture in hamburger joints/restaurants). In 2014, Burger King agreed to buy Tim Hortons for 11.4billion USD-the chain became a subsidiary of the the Oakville-based holding company Restaurant Brands International-which is a majority-owned by Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital. Blah blah blah. It is Canadian-that is all you need to know. Yes, yes it is.
I am guessing Tim Horton is a pretty big deal back in Canada. I mean, he is on a stamp.
So, Tim Hortons is pretty much an institution in Canada. Here in the UK, not so much. The BBC recently went out on the streets of London Town to ask regular lads and lasses if they were familiar with Tim Hortons. They were not. At all. Nor with the items on the menu. The reporter asked a school aged boy if he knew what a ‘Timbet’ was. The kid said: “isn’t that a dating site?” The reporter said that he was probably thinking about ‘Tinder’…but that a ‘Timbet’ was essentially a donut hole. K. The fact that a school aged boy knew what Tinder was, pretty much made me cringe-but I suppose that is the world we live in today.
I look forward to checking out Tim Hortons. And by ‘checking out’ I mean, indulging in massive amounts of coffee and doughnuts. Yup.