A sweet Canadian invasion: Tim Hortons is here
A Tim Hortons in Brooklyn (AP)
By Lucy Cohen Blatter and Anastasia Economides
If a Canadian coffee and doughnut chain has its way, New York City wont just run on Dunkin.
Twelve former Dunkin Donuts reopened Monday as Tim Hortons, Canadas largest fast-food chain. The locations are owned by Riese Corp., which had a falling out with Dunkin.
Whats more, three Tim Hortons will open by late August in existing Cold Stone Creamery outlets as part of an ongoing co-branding initiative.Canadians around the city were rejoicing at the opportunity to have their favorite java and doughnuts. And as Tim Hortons offered free coffees, Dunkin Donuts responded by passing out $1-off coupons near some locations.
Transplants from north of the border were doing their part, talking up the joint Monday to curious colleagues.
Some co-worker who is Canadian told me about this place so I decided to check it out, said Dash Teter, 24, who sampled a small coffee and glazed doughnut and said it was better than Dunkin Donuts.
Dyanne Robinson, 55, a Macys employee, also visited the Tim Hortons on 34th Street near Seventh Avenue. She tried out an apple fritter and the free coffee.
Its OK. Im still a Dunkin Donuts fan, but Ill give it another chance, Robinson said.
Tim Hortons is a novelty in New York, but there are already 500 locations around the country. Until Monday, the nearest was in Meriden, Conn., some 82 miles away.
Longtime New Yorkers might recognize the name. Canadian hockey player Tim Horton played for the Rangers for two seasons starting in 1969, five years after he founded his namesake coffee chain. He was killed in a car accident in 1974.