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(The Business Journals)   Americans discover Canadians' love affair with Tim Horton's: "America runs on Dunkin'. But Canada runs, walks, dines, free WiFis, cuts business deals, and does just about everything around Hortons"   (bizjournals.com) divider line 60
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2014-05-13 12:14:51 PM  
I quit daily trips to Timmy Hoe's 4 months ago. It's not a great way to spend $50 per week.
 
2014-05-13 12:16:45 PM  
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2014-05-13 12:47:28 PM  

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Not in my province it doesn't
 
2014-05-13 12:48:00 PM  
so Hortons is their Starbucks then?
 
2014-05-13 12:58:21 PM  
Timmy's - because it's the only goddamn place open at 6am in Bumf**k, backwater Ontario.
 
2014-05-13 01:08:29 PM  
I don't drink coffee and their donuts suck.  I do get my hot chocolate fix during RUTR, however.
 
2014-05-13 01:13:08 PM  
It's true. Tim's has a national identity that any other brand in the country would murder 1,000,000 innocents to have. It's quite remarkable.
 
2014-05-13 01:20:19 PM  

SlothB77: so Hortons is their Starbucks then?


We have both.
 
2014-05-13 01:25:40 PM  

Rev.K: It's true. Tim's has a national identity that any other brand in the country would murder 1,000,000 innocents to have. It's quite remarkable.


Canadian Tire comes close. They lost it when they went away from paper Canadian Tire Money. We pooled up all the money we could find and it filled a briefcase. It was the 3rd best thing I've ever paid for with money from some form of luggage.
 
2014-05-13 01:31:23 PM  
America does not run on Dunkin' as Dunkin' isn't available in very large sections of America.

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2014-05-13 01:32:37 PM  

Ivo Shandor: SlothB77: so Hortons is their Starbucks then?

We have both.


If they are next door to each other, and you want a simple cup of coffee, which do you choose?
 
2014-05-13 03:52:36 PM  
Tim's > DD.
/American
 
2014-05-13 04:01:20 PM  
Tim's is available in the U.S. as well. Not many stores right now. I read an article not too long ago that they we're focusing on U.S. expansion so look out for them!

I've been to the Tim's in NYC across from MSG, basically the same thing. Although, I did ask for a double-double and they didn't know what that was.

Get with the vernacular you Yankees!
 
2014-05-13 04:01:41 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: I don't drink coffee and their donuts suck.  I do get my hot chocolate fix during RUTR, however.


Don't drink coffee either and the donuts, if I have one are not the same as baked in house, but I do like their hot chocolate....and their green tea. Still can't get over the mega, traffic clogging drive thru line ups EVERY weekday morning, to leave for work half hour early just to wait in line for coffee?
 
2014-05-13 04:01:51 PM  

haemaker: If they are next door to each other, and you want a simple cup of coffee, which do you choose?


Tim Hortons, because I can actually order a simple coffee without having to call it a 'Grande Americano' or whatever.
 
2014-05-13 04:02:09 PM  

Americans discover Canadians' love affair with Tim Horton's


1) I'm pretty sure at least some US-ians discovered it when Timmy had the affair with Wendy around 2006.

2) There is no apostrophe in 'Tim Hortons'.

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2014-05-13 04:04:42 PM  

weirdneighbour


Still can't get over the mega, traffic clogging drive thru line ups EVERY weekday morning, to leave for work half hour early just to wait in line for coffee?


It's amusing to drive up to a Timmys, see a huge drive-thru line, park, go inside, buy stuff, come back out, and see the same cars in line.
 
2014-05-13 04:24:46 PM  
Supposedly Tim's is coming to the St. Louis market.
 
2014-05-13 04:38:24 PM  
I tried some Tim Horton doughnuts in Michigan. They were fine, not amazing. Not a coffee drinker, so no comment on that.
 
2014-05-13 04:43:09 PM  
No Krispy Kreme references yet?

So, yeah, Kripsy Kreme y'all.
 
2014-05-13 04:44:08 PM  

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You haven't lived in BC have you?

Starbucks is ahead of Tims AND milk comes is those silly jugs.
 
2014-05-13 04:45:24 PM  
Timmy's egg white and cheese on multi-grain flat-bread is the best fast food breakfast I've found. The coffee tastes like good coffee should taste. So happy I pass two on my way to work (and I couldn't tell you where the closest DD is.)
 
2014-05-13 04:46:31 PM  

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You haven't lived in BC have you?

Starbucks is ahead of Tims AND milk comes is those silly jugs.


Also it is crazy that I can visit 3 Tim's, 3 Starbucks, and 2 Second Cup (and at least one local place) withoutgoing outside from my office?
 
2014-05-13 04:57:28 PM  

haemaker: America does not run on Dunkin' as Dunkin' isn't available in very large sections of America.


The weirder part of that is that there is virtually no chain donut place at all in the upper-midwest (Iowa/MN/etc).  Take a halfway-decently sized place like Sioux Falls.  Approaching a quarter-million people in the greater area, so roughly comparable to Regina or Saskatoon.  There's like two Dunkin Donuts (which close at noon) in the entire city.  Other than that, it's gas station stale donuts.

I still can't come up with a valid reason why there are so few donut shops in the US midwest while every Canadian town of 1000 seems perfectly capable of supporting at least one Timmy's.  It's not like we're a bunch of health food addicts out here.
 
2014-05-13 04:58:22 PM  

Lawnchair: There's like two DunkinDaylight Donuts (which close at noon) in the entire city.


/FTFM
 
2014-05-13 05:05:29 PM  
Tim Hortons has terrible donuts, and their coffee is only drinkable if you drench it with cream and sugar.

The food is ok, but Subway is faster, cheaper, sells most of the same stuff and generally has larger servings.

/Canadian that has never understood the national obsession with mediocre coffee and pastries
 
2014-05-13 05:09:11 PM  
America runs on Dunkin

When you're in Massachusetts you  navigate by Dunkins....


"It's wicked hahd to see the names on the street signs theah. so just tahn left at the thahd dunkins."
 
2014-05-13 05:20:51 PM  

haemaker: Ivo Shandor: SlothB77: so Hortons is their Starbucks then?

We have both.

If they are next door to each other, and you want a simple cup of coffee, which do you choose?


Starbucks but that is because I drink it black. I have yet to find anyone who likes Tim's coffee black. It tastes...sweet.  There is a reason why double-double has become a common word in Canadian Culture.
 
2014-05-13 05:22:51 PM  

Ivo Shandor: haemaker: If they are next door to each other, and you want a simple cup of coffee, which do you choose?

Tim Hortons, because I can actually order a simple coffee without having to call it a 'Grande Americano' or whatever.


That isn't a coffee, that is a coffee with espresso shots, which is strange since Cafe Americano came out of France where they were taming down espresso for American GIs after the war (or so I heard).
 
2014-05-13 05:25:02 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: Rev.K: It's true. Tim's has a national identity that any other brand in the country would murder 1,000,000 innocents to have. It's quite remarkable.

Canadian Tire comes close. They lost it when they went away from paper Canadian Tire Money. We pooled up all the money we could find and it filled a briefcase. It was the 3rd best thing I've ever paid for with money from some form of luggage.


?? They still use it here.
 
2014-05-13 05:26:36 PM  

Tax Boy: America runs on Dunkin

When you're in Massachusetts you  navigate by Dunkins....


"It's wicked hahd to see the names on the street signs theah. so just tahn left at the thahd dunkins."


I've never understood why Boston needs so much burnt tasting coffee.
 
2014-05-13 05:50:51 PM  
But there is troubles in that relationship:

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Tim Hortons are amongst the worst offenders of the TFW program, which allowed them to import 4500 workers and payed them 15% less than a Canadian citizens:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/restaurants-barred-from -u sing-temporary-foreign-worker-program/article18203064/
 
2014-05-13 06:02:14 PM  

StopDaddy: No Krispy Kreme references yet?

So, yeah, Kripsy Kreme y'all.


This. DD is meh, TH is good, but KK is amazing.

TH coffee>TH donuts
 
2014-05-13 06:07:03 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: weirdneighbour

Still can't get over the mega, traffic clogging drive thru line ups EVERY weekday morning, to leave for work half hour early just to wait in line for coffee?


It's amusing to drive up to a Timmys, see a huge drive-thru line, park, go inside, buy stuff, come back out, and see the same cars in line.


But the drive thru saves time!
 
2014-05-13 06:10:44 PM  

Fireproof: StopDaddy: No Krispy Kreme references yet?

So, yeah, Kripsy Kreme y'all.

This. DD is meh, TH is good, but KK is amazing.

TH coffee>TH donuts


KK shelf life is very short.  You have to eat them within an hour of them being made.
 
2014-05-13 06:25:24 PM  

haemaker: Fireproof: StopDaddy: No Krispy Kreme references yet?

So, yeah, Kripsy Kreme y'all.

This. DD is meh, TH is good, but KK is amazing.

TH coffee>TH donuts

KK shelf life is very short.  You have to eat them within an hour of them being made.


This ^

To get the full sugar blast effect, you need to cram at least two of 'em in your donut hole by the time you leave the parking area.
 
2014-05-13 06:28:17 PM  

Lawnchair: haemaker: America does not run on Dunkin' as Dunkin' isn't available in very large sections of America.

The weirder part of that is that there is virtually no chain donut place at all in the upper-midwest (Iowa/MN/etc).  Take a halfway-decently sized place like Sioux Falls.  Approaching a quarter-million people in the greater area, so roughly comparable to Regina or Saskatoon.  There's like two Dunkin Donuts (which close at noon) in the entire city.  Other than that, it's gas station stale donuts.

I still can't come up with a valid reason why there are so few donut shops in the US midwest while every Canadian town of 1000 seems perfectly capable of supporting at least one Timmy's.  It's not like we're a bunch of health food addicts out here.


Cool, open one!
 
2014-05-13 07:55:17 PM  

Poot beer: haemaker: Fireproof: StopDaddy: No Krispy Kreme references yet?

So, yeah, Kripsy Kreme y'all.

This. DD is meh, TH is good, but KK is amazing.

TH coffee>TH donuts

KK shelf life is very short.  You have to eat them within an hour of them being made.

This ^

To get the full sugar blast effect, you need to cram at least two of 'em in your donut hole by the time you leave the parking area.


Challenge accepted.
 
2014-05-13 10:00:28 PM  
Tim's coffe is terrible.

The iced cappucino, on the other hand, is sweet frozen nectar of the heavens.
 
2014-05-13 10:59:32 PM  

rikkards: haemaker: Ivo Shandor: SlothB77: so Hortons is their Starbucks then?

We have both.

If they are next door to each other, and you want a simple cup of coffee, which do you choose?

Starbucks but that is because I drink it black. I have yet to find anyone who likes Tim's coffee black. It tastes...sweet.  There is a reason why double-double has become a common word in Canadian Culture.


*raises hand* I love Timmies coffee, and I only drink coffee black. I can't stand Starbucks coffee, and not for lack of trying. Where I used to work would get the meeting-sized (20 cup) coffee containers for executive meetings... and they'd drink maybe 5 cups. As I was well WELL known for being a coffee addict I would be given first crack at the leftovers after the meeting. And I so tried to make that coffee palatable as I almost never pass up free coffee. But it was terrible shiate. When I was the one who got to go get the coffee I ordered different blends, different roasts, trying to find one that I liked.

And it's all shiate.

If I'm going to splurge on coffee I'm going to Second Cup. Otherwise it's Timmies all the way.
 
2014-05-14 12:09:38 AM  

SlothB77: so Hortons is their Starbucks then?



There is about 1 Tim's for every 9,750 Canadians.

There is about 1 Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts & McDoanlds Combined for every 9,275 Americans.
 
2014-05-14 12:14:45 AM  
Men. It's crap and it's the same as dunkin. To argue a difference is like comparing farts.
 
2014-05-14 12:45:32 AM  
Lived by the first Robin's Donuts (in Thunder Bay).  Knew most of the workers there.  Then it became a chain.  Most of my friends were let go eventually.

"Why have staff that have worked there for 10 years when you can hire someone for half the price that can do the same thing".


They just don't understand.
 
2014-05-14 06:00:45 AM  

Rev.K: It's true. Tim's has a national identity that any other brand in the country would murder 1,000,000 innocents to have. It's quite remarkable.


Only for the gullible rubes that buy their fake patriotic crap. The same rubes that buy their crappy coffee from a temporary foreign worker.
 
2014-05-14 06:03:56 AM  

Kaiser Chieftess: my's egg white and cheese on multi-grain flat-bread is the best fast food breakfast I've found.


Yup, they got that one right.
 
2014-05-14 06:38:26 AM  
I would imagine we'll see a Tim Hortons in the Tampa Bay area soon.

There are so many Canadians here we even have CanCare clinics where they can get their damned stinking healthcare. In season, I see more Ontario license plates than Florida ones on some days.
 
2014-05-14 08:27:51 AM  

rikkards: Tr0mBoNe: Rev.K: It's true. Tim's has a national identity that any other brand in the country would murder 1,000,000 innocents to have. It's quite remarkable.

Canadian Tire comes close. They lost it when they went away from paper Canadian Tire Money. We pooled up all the money we could find and it filled a briefcase. It was the 3rd best thing I've ever paid for with money from some form of luggage.

?? They still use it here.


I've gone to the plastic system. We still get the monies but not paper monies. Can't make it rain as easily.
 
2014-05-14 09:27:53 AM  
There's a Tim Horton's on Broadway somewhere in the 40s, and I'll be passing near there on Friday.

Hmmm......
 
2014-05-14 09:47:19 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: Rev.K: It's true. Tim's has a national identity that any other brand in the country would murder 1,000,000 innocents to have. It's quite remarkable.

Canadian Tire comes close. They lost it when they went away from paper Canadian Tire Money. We pooled up all the money we could find and it filled a briefcase. It was the 3rd best thing I've ever paid for with money from some form of luggage.


Canadian Tire--don't they print Canada's money?
 
2014-05-14 09:49:00 AM  

haemaker: America does not run on Dunkin' as Dunkin' isn't available in very large sections of America.

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