The History of Tim Hortons
The Tim Hortons chain was founded in 1964 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The chain's focus on top quality, always fresh product, value, great service and community leadership has allowed it to grow into the largest quick service restaurant chain in Canada specializing in always fresh coffee, baked goods and homestyle lunches.
The first Tim Hortons restaurants offered only two products - coffee and donuts. The selection of donuts was highlighted by two original Tim Hortons creations, the Apple Fritter and the Dutchie. They became the most popular donut choices in the 60's, and remain two of the most popular today.
But as consumer tastes grew, so did the choices at Tim Hortons. The first change in the chain's product focus took place in 1976 with the introduction of the phenomenally successful Timbits (bite-sized donut holes), today available in more than 35 different varieties. The chain's growth into the 1980's brought about a whole series of new product introductions: muffins (1981), cookies (1981), croissants (1983), and soups & chili (1985). Sandwiches, which were originally introduced in 1993, were re-introduced with a new and improved line-up of six varieties, called "Tim's Own", in 1998. Also, in the 1990's, bagels (1996), flavored cappuccino (1997), Café Mocha (1999) and Iced Cappuccino (1999) were introduced. In 2003, the Turkey Bacon Club sandwich and Maple Pecan Danish were successful menu additions. In 2004 Tim Hortons introduced, Yogurt & Berries, Cinnamon Roll and the Hot Smoothee to the menu. Many new great products were added to the menu from 2006 to 2012 such as the Chicken Salad Wrap, the hot Breakfast Sandwich (eggs, sausage or bacon, processed cheese on a toasted homestyle biscuit), Iced Coffee an most recently the Grilled Panini.
The chain's biggest drawing card remains its legendary Tim Hortons coffee. This premium blend is also available in cans, as are Tim Hortons hot chocolate and English Toffee and French Vanilla cappuccinos, so guests can also enjoy these great tasting products at home.
In addition to our regular stand alone restaurants, Tim Hortons locations can also be found in shopping malls, highway outlets, universities and hospitals, providing prominent visibility for the chain. Most standard Tim Hortons locations offer 24-hour drive-thru service, catering to consumers on the go.
Tim Hortons opened its first U. S. restaurant in 1984 in Tonawanda, N. Y. Since then, the company has expanded into nine other states -- Indiana, Maryland, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. In 1995, Tim Hortons merged with Wendy's International, Inc., giving new focus and impetus to the expansion of the Tim Hortons concept in the United States.
Tim Hortons completed an initial public offering of the company in March 2006 and was fully spun off as a separate company as of September 29, 2006. Tim Hortons trades on the NYSE and TSX (THI).
In March 2009, Tim Hortons and Kahala Corp - parent company of Cold Stone Creamery - announced the co-branding of up to 100 combined restaurants in the U.S.
As of July 1st, 2012, Tim Hortons had 4,071 systemwide restaurants, including 3,326 in Canada, 734 in the United States and 11 in the Gulf Cooperation Council.