I first "met" Tim Horton in Medicine Hat, Alberta -- or was it on the way to Toronto? On the way to Ottawa? In any case, Tim's is definitely of Canadian origin. In fact, it is, I think, the largest coffee and donut company in Canada. Named after its founder, Tim Horton, of hockey fame, I have heard there is some sadness to how Ron Joyce ended up with the whole shebang back in the 1970s after Tim's death in a car accident. As of 1995 or so, Tim's has been owned by Wendy's.
Tim's coffee is particularly addictive in Medicine Hat. In fact, I am drinking a cup right now. So, when a Tim's opened in Geneva, NY a while back, I was somewhere between put off and excited. Cheaper than Dunkin Donuts, better coffee, better sandwiches, better. . . . . complete with an outlet in Khandahar, Afghanistan as of July 2006 (in support of Canadian troops).
Planning a trip and need to know where there are Tim's along the way? Click here.
And, for commentary on International Donut Wars -- Krispy Kreme versus Tim's, click here. (Personally, I think Krispy Kreme's are highly over-rated and, in fact, not good.)
Turns out that I prefer Medicine Hat Tim Horton's to Geneva's. How about you? Do you favor Timbits over donut holes? Where's your favorite Tim's? Is your choice of coffee joint a national issue? Your choice of donut?