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TIMS TIMELINE

  • 1960s
    1964
    1964

    Tim Horton, a National Hockey League legend, opens the first store in Hamilton.
    Coffee and donuts cost 10¢ each.
    The Apple Fritter and the Dutchie are among the original donuts offered

    1967
    1967

    Tim Horton and Ron Joyce, the first franchisee, become full partners.

  • 1970s
    1974
    1974

    Tim Horton passes away and Ron Joyce establishes the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation (THCF) to honor Tim’s love of children and desire to help the less fortunate. The first camp opens in Parry Sound the following year.

    1976
    1976

    The Timbit is introduced and a Canadian icon is created. Since 1976, Canadians have eaten enough of the bite-sized snack to stretch to the moon and back almost five times if they were laid out end-to-end

    1977
    1977

    Bonjour Québec!
    The first Tim Hortons opens in Quebec, in the town of Rosemere. The universal beverage favorite, the Double-Double, doesn’t require translation.

  • 1980s
    1981
    1981

    Muffins and Cookies
    Our bakers get busy and create something new to dunk in your coffee.

    1983
    1983

    Croissants Come to Tims
    The crescent-shaped pastry debuts, bringing a little continental flair to Canadian mornings.

    1984
    1984

    The first U.S. location opens in Tonawanda NY, allowing Canadians to make cross-border coffee runs.

    1985
    1985

    Tims beefs up its menu with the addition of chilli and soups.

    1986
    1986

    The first Rrroll Up the Rim to Win promotion has Canadians everywhere rolling up the rims of their cups and hoping for a win.
    The largest prize this first year? A pack of Timbits.

  • 1990s
    1991
    1991

    500th restaurant opens in Aylmer, Quebec.

    1995
    1995

    1000th restaurant opens in Ancaster, Ontario.

    1995
    1995

    Tim Hortons merges with Wendy’s International Inc., helping to expand the Tim Hortons concept in the United States.

    1996
    1996

    Bring on the bagels! Whether toasted or plain, this roll with a hole does it all.

    1997
    1997

    Canadians are treated to Tims newest bevvies with the introduction of flavored lattes.

    1998
    1998

    Lunch is made fresh-to-order with the introduction of Tims Own sandwiches.

    1999
    1999

    Tim Hortons Iced Capp hits the scene. Canadians everywhere chill out.

  • 2000s
    2000
    2000

    The millennial year sees another milestone as the 2000th restaurant opens in downtown Toronto at Richmond and Sherbourne streets.

    2000
    2000

    Tim Horton Children’s Foundation opens its first camp in the U.S in Campbellsville, Kentucky.

    2004
    2004

    Double Double goes from pop culture vernacular to bona fide vocabulary when it makes it into the Canadian Oxford dictionary. What a way to celebrate 40 years!

    2006
    2006

    The most important meal of the day heats up with the introduction of hot breakfast sandwiches.

    2006
    2006

    Tim Hortons completes its initial public offering and officially becomes public on September 29, 2006, trading on the NYSE and the TSX (THI).

    2009
    2009

    Tim Hortons and Cold Stone Creamery announce co-branded restaurants across North America.

  • 2010s
    2011
    2011

    It gets easier for Canadians to brew their favorite Tims beverage at home with the introduction of single-serve Keurig® and Tassimo® coffee pods.

    2014
    2014

    Tims joins the dark side with the launch of Dark Roast coffee – the first new blend in Tim Hortons 50-year history.

    2014
    2014

    Tim Hortons celebrates its 50th anniversary, paying homage to its humble roots by recreating the original restaurant, complete with 1964 prices, in Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto.

    2014
    2014

    Tim Hortons and CIBC launch the co-branded Double Double™ Visa® Card. Guests earn rewards and instantly redeem Tim Cash for their favorite Tims products.

    2014
    2014

    Tims goes high-tech, introducing mobile payment options on the TimmyMe app to allow guests to pay with their smartphones.

    2014
    2014

    Burger King and 3G Capital acquire Tim Hortons and form the third-largest restaurant brand in the world, Restaurant Brands International. There’s no need for Tims-lovers to worry, as the company will continue to operate as an independent entity.

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