Tim Horton's

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2006/03/21 01:40:18 (permalink)

Tim Horton's

It's doing an IPO (a spin-off from Wendy's which bought them in 1995). It's reportedly the largest fast food chain in Canada. I've never seen one. I know everybody here takes pride in being a chain-hater, but is anybody willing to give me an objective appraisal of this outfit? Can it compete in the US (supposedly, they already have 255 outlets here)? Is their food any good (they reportedly specialize in coffee and donuts but also serve lunch)?
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    Rt66Mike
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    RE: Tim Horton's 2006/03/21 04:03:12 (permalink)
    My only experience with them was having a couple of donuts at a Tim Horton's in Detroit. As far as chain donut places go, I would rate Krispy Kreme & Dunkin Donuts as better.
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    Sundancer7
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    RE: Tim Horton's 2006/03/21 04:33:37 (permalink)
    I hope this helps:

    http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=522&SearchTerms="tim,hortons"

    Paul E. Smith
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    mayor al
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    RE: Tim Horton's 2006/03/21 08:30:25 (permalink)

    Bernard,
    We find our stops at Tim Horton's to be decent. The pastries are fresh, and while not the kind of thing you find in some speciality bakeries, they seem to be a cut above many doughnut shops. The sandwichs provide a nice alternative to the FF burger world. All in all when we head NorthEast from here we would consider a stop at a Tim Horton's, if the timing is right for a rest/snack stop.
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    roossy90
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    RE: Tim Horton's 2006/03/21 13:02:36 (permalink)
    http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=11848
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    roossy90
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    RE: Tim Horton's 2006/03/21 13:04:32 (permalink)
    Many of them up north and the ones I have seen have always been busy at lunchtime, since they look like they are trying to get more of a Denny's crowd with their lunch offerings.
    Larger than most Doughnut shops.
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    Michael Hoffman
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    RE: Tim Horton's 2006/03/21 14:04:02 (permalink)
    Tim Horton's is such an important part of Canadian life they even have them in Iraq at bases where Canadians are stationed. They're not bad, except for one thing: No free refills on the coffee.
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    eimac
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    RE: Tim Horton's 2006/04/16 10:18:28 (permalink)
    Yeras ago when I was travelling in Canada, I used to make detours to get doughnuts at Tim Hortons. Then they were bought out and started serving food and the doughnuts were never the same. You can't go home again.
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    RE: Tim Horton's 2006/04/16 10:25:36 (permalink)
    Coffee is good, donuts (and other breakfast pastries) are good, but the soups are mediocre and the sandwiches are terrible. Awful bread and tasteless, barely edible cold cuts. They appear to use the least expensive lettuce and tomato they can find, and it shows, both in appearance and taste. (This is all based on several visits about two years ago, so on the Tim Horton's post-Wendy's-buyout.
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    beechflyer
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    RE: Tim Horton's 2006/04/23 21:28:49 (permalink)
    As a canadian i have to say that tim horton is an institution. i will always choose tim's over robin's, dunkin donuts or krispy creme. partly because tim's has the home appeal, partly because it is canadian and to a large part because it is good food (...if you can call it good, surely not for your health ) it is a strange phenomenon, but i spend most of 2005 overseas and coming home was complete after going to a tim's. trust me that is not exaggerated and i am not the only one who thinks that way. i am working in the arctic off and on and people there are willing to pay a premium for tim's coffee and donuts.
    a friend of mine i have just been talking to a couple of days ago said he might be getting out of our common line of work (aviation business), because it is frustrating and it seems there's no reward unless you've been for 25 years with a major airline. tim horton pretty much guarantees your first million dollars within your first 5 years of operation.
    that one i can easily see in the canadian market, i am not sure about that when heading south of the border.
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    RE: Tim Horton's 2006/08/11 12:31:12 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Rt66Mike

    My only experience with them was having a couple of donuts at a Tim Horton's in Detroit. As far as chain donut places go, I would rate Krispy Kreme & Dunkin Donuts as better.


    I agree Rt, I prefer the sandwiches and cookies at Tim Horton's. The donust are ok though. Unfortunately, There aren't any Krispy Kremes by my house, although Dumkin donuts do tastes better to start, they lose their taste after they harden, and its one right around the corner from where i live. Plus, I don't know of any Tim Horton's in the "City" of Detroit. However, they're all over the suburbs
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