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The cost of a full Canadian franchise varies from $480,000 to $510,000* (CDN$) (plus all applicable taxes). At least $153,000 of the franchise cost must be unencumbered (cash or liquid assets), in addition to $50,000 in working capital (also unencumbered). The remaining amount may be financed through the chartered banks, upon approval of a franchise.
* The cost of a Tim Hortons license may exceed $510,000 in certain locations due to higher development costs.
Included in the cost of a franchise is the following:
- all equipment, furniture, display equipment and signage
- 7-week training program in the Oakville, ON Tim Hortons University
- a store opening crew to assist in the opening of a Tim Hortons restaurant (for a maximum period of two weeks)
- the use of all Tim Hortons Manuals
- right to use the Trademarks and Trade names
- support from the head Office personnel
The TDL Group Corp. assumes all costs associated with the development of the land and building. It is not an option for a franchisee to develop the property or own the building.
Should an interested individual or landowner bring a specific site to us we cannot guarantee that they will be the franchisee for that site, if we pursue it. There are numerous factors that would determine if a site were to be offered to an existing or new franchisee.
For mutual success and satisfaction, we must ensure that every Restaurant Owner possesses the necessary skills, commitment level, dedication, work ethic, character and strong people skills. There are a number of attributes we look for in an applicant such as:
- Passion for the community they live in
While this is not a deciding factor, Tim Hortons is proud to serve its community and this begins with the restaurant owners. Current community involvement is welcome.
- Leadership Experience
Our Franchisees are responsible for leading their teams, and leadership experience is a strong asset.
- Passion for outstanding Guest Service
Having a passion for providing the best service possible is key. Hospitality, restaurant, customer service or retail experience is an asset but not always required.
- In addition to these attributes, we also prefer the following criteria to be met:
-Passion for the brand
-Proven track record of success
*Please note Tim Hortons franchises only to individuals who will be hands-on operators, not to corporations or passive investors. We expect both applicants, if approved for a franchise, to commit to the demands of a 24/7 busy restaurant operation, and both be equally invested in time, financial investment and effort.
Given the demands of a 24 hour, 7 days a week operation, it is our strong preference to seek applicants that can demonstrate extensive coverage and availability. This is done by a partnership of two individuals, both devoting their full and entire efforts to the restaurant operations, in addition to having an equity stake in the business (which as a total meets our minimum requirements). Unfortunately, we are not conducive to investors or silent partners. The nature of the operation requires a personal commitment to the business, and, particularly in the initial years, an investment of long hours. Since the franchise agreement is for a 10 year term, plus potential renewals totaling an additional 10 years, we seek franchisees who can make a long term commitment to operating the franchise, without becoming absentee owners once established.
Submitted Questionnaires are reviewed by our Franchising Department on a weekly basis. The purpose of the questionnaire is to determine if a potential applicant meets the preliminary requirements of Tim Hortons. Selected applicants who meet the criteria will be contacted by the Franchising Department for a discovery call to discuss the Tim Hortons Franchise Opportunity. Typically, you should receive a response within 2-4 weeks. If you have not heard from the Franchise department and it has been longer than four weeks, we regret that your questionnaire was not approved at this time. For further information on what Tim Hortons looks for in a great applicant, please review "What types of Qualifications does Tim Hortons seek in a Franchise candidate?" under our Frequently Asked Questions.
We do not rank applicants in order in which they apply. Therefore, we are unable to quote timeframes or guarantee a candidate that they will ultimately be chosen for an interview and/or approved for a franchise. When we have an opportunity for a new franchisee, all candidates who have identified that particular area as a location preference, will be considered. The most qualified candidates will be contacted for the first interview. Consideration is not based on the length of time that a candidate has been on file.
Projected Earnings statements are provided to candidates who have been short-listed for a particular opportunity. These statements are not available in the initial stages of the application process.
On-going payments include:
- a weekly Royalty fee of 4.5% of gross sales for the term of the License;
- a monthly Rental fee (which is the greater of a fixed minimum rent or 8.5% of gross monthly sales);
- a monthly Advertising levy of 4% of gross sales for the term of the License.
- at the end of each five (5) year period of the License term, at the sole discretion of The TDL Group Corp., an obligation to refurbish the restaurant to meet current Tim Hortons standards.
The term of the License Agreement is usually 10 years and usually with options to renew for up to a further period of 10 years.
Applicants must be permanent residents of Canada in order to apply for a franchise. Unfortunately, we are unable to pre-approve applicants to assist them in the immigration process.
All information is kept confidential within the Franchise department of The TDL Group Corp. We do not sell your personal information to third parties.