THUNDER BAY – Did you stop by to say “Happy Birthday”. Chances are one of your frequent stops, Tim Hortons was not where you dropped off a card yesterday. But it was half a century of coffee and donuts and memories at Tim Hortons in Canada on Saturday.
The company stated, “A stop at Tim Hortons is a rite of passage for Canadians on holiday weekends and today the trip is even sweeter. Tim Hortons is celebrating its birthday by giving away free Birthday Cake Donuts in restaurant and thanking loyal guests for 50 great years”.
To help bring Canadians back to when the doors first opened onMay 17, 1964, Tim Hortons has created an online video showing how it took overToronto’sYonge-Dundas Squareand turned back the clock. People were surprised and delighted with a ’60s streetscape and a recreation of the restaurant’s first location – which was blue and white, a nod to founderTim Horton’shockey roots. Visitors were served free coffee and donuts and enjoyed special guests including Toronto Maple Leaf alumni,Johnny Bower,Ron Ellis,Wendel ClarkandDarcy Tucker, and recording artist,Nikki Yanofsky.
“Over the past five decades our loyal guests have madeTim Hortons Canada’sfavourite cup of coffee. Today, from coast to coast our restaurant owners and team members want to say thank you for 50 fantastic years,” saidRoland Walton, President,Tim Hortons Canada. “We look forward to creating many more memories in the years to come.”
Guests are encouraged to share how they are celebrating Tim Hortons 50th birthday onFacebook, Twitter (@TimHortonsand Instagram@TimHortons) using #Tims50th.
Tidbits about Tim Hortons:
Nearly 8 out of 10 cups of coffee sold inCanadaare poured at Tim Hortons; each year Tim Hortons serves 2 billion cups of coffee.
Approximately 15 per cent of Canadians (more than 5.3 million people!) visit Tim Hortons daily.
The first Tim Hortons location opened inHamiltononMay 17, 1964. At this time, a cup of coffee and a donut cost10 centseach.
The four donuts on the original Tim Hortons logo representedTim Horton’sfour daughters.
Over the past 50 years, Tim Hortons has served enough coffee to fill 2500 Olympic sized pools.
If you were to line up the number of Timbits sold at Tim Hortons since the invention of Timbits in 1976, the line would span across 400,000 km of road – approximately the equivalent of all paved roads inCanada.
Since it opened its doors nearly 50 years ago, Tim Hortons has grown to the largest publicly-traded restaurant chain inCanada. Tim Hortons currently has 4,524 restaurants inCanada, the U.S. and the Gulf Cooperation Council – 3,610 of these restaurants are inCanadaalone.