On a road trip in Canada and need a break? Indulging in some retail therapy at the mall and your feet hurt? Need a coffee and a bite to eat to restore your energy? Then you'll probably make a stop at Tim Hortons.
Timmy's has 3,588 restaurants in Canada, 859 in the United States and 38 in the Persion Gulf region. There was even a temporary Tim's set up for the Canadian military in Kandahar in Afghanistan. They can't do without their "double double". The Kandahar Tim Hortons closed in 2011 after serving four million cups of coffee and three million doughnuts over five years.
The restaurant chain was started back in 1964 by NHL hockey player Tim Horton who played for Toronto Maple Leafs for most of his career. Unfortunately Tim didn't live to see the huge success of his coffee shops as he was killed in a car accident in 1974. Warning: even if you're a famous hockey player, you're not indestructible..... don't drink and drive!
My small town now boasts TWO Timmys. And they are always busy. They are a meeting place for high school students, seniors, and everyone in between. I stopped in for a small coffee and a muffin yesterday... yummy!
See those weird looking black and white donuts on the third shelf? Stanley Cup Playoffs Donuts. Tim Horton would be proud!