Could There Be a Tim Horton’s Headed to Rochester?
If you've ever been north of the border, then you know that the Tim Horton's line of coffee and doughnuts shops are pretty much everywhere in Canada. But could they be headed here to Minnesota?
Well, they just might be. According to a news release from the company that owns the iconic Canadian brand, an expansion south into the Land of 10,000 Lakes is, indeed, in the works.
"We're thrilled to be joining the TIM HORTONS® family and look forward to introducing the brand to more than 5 million people across the state of Minnesota," says Paul Durigon, CEO of the company is partnering with Tim Hortons on expansion here in Minnesota, in the release.
Tim Horton's is a big coffee and doughnut chain that's well-known in Canada, kind of like Caribou Coffee is here. Tim Horton himself was an "NHL legend," as their site says, who opened his first coffee shop in Hamilton, Ontario, back in 1964. A cup of coffee and a doughnut back then each cost you a whopping 10-cents. I'm guessing it's just a wee bit more expensive than that now.
I've been to a couple of Tim Horton's when I've been in Canada, and I always thought they were pretty cool. What this expansion means, though, isn't exactly clear. The release didn't say which locations here in Minnesota will be home to the Tim Horton's shops, or when the expansion is set to take place.
But the release did say the companies reached a 14-year agreement, and that the deal is the "largest of its kind" for the Tim Horton's brand, so far. So that would seem to bode well for the classic Canadian coffee and doughnut shop to possibly make its way down to Minnesota's third-largest city.
So will there be a Tim Horton's competing with such Med City staples as Starbucks, Caribou Coffee and the new Dunkin Donuts in downtown Rochester? Hard to say. But it could happen.