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Re: Tim Hortons

Postby cooperrez » April 28th, 2017, 9:35 am

talindsay wrote:
April 27th, 2017, 3:41 pm
This store has less automatic volume, which means the doughnuts sit longer, which means we aren't impressed so we don't go there, so they sit even longer. They have a lower chance of success than the other two
I was thinking this same thing. It's not going to earn them many return customers. Penny wise, pound foolish, if you ask me.

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Re: Tim Hortons

Postby mulad » May 3rd, 2019, 7:29 am

The franchisee responsible for the recent expansion of Tim Horton's in Minnesota has apparently ceased operation, closing all of the Twin Cities locations.

https://bringmethenews.com/minnesota-li ... are-closed

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Re: Tim Hortons

Postby mulad » May 4th, 2019, 4:25 pm

Apparently 7 of the 14 locations operated by Tim-Minn closed on Thursday, with another 2 expected to close soon. Still hard to say how the rest will go...

http://www.startribune.com/tim-hortons- ... 509447202/

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Re: Tim Hortons

Postby twincitizen » May 6th, 2019, 8:26 am

I wouldn't be surprised to see some locations eventually reopen as Dunkin', though it could take a while for Tim-Minn's (franchisee) lawsuit against Tim Horton corporate to get worked out. Tim-Minn owner could become a Dunkin franchisee himself or more likely sell the leases to the local Dunkin franchisee (I'm assuming someone has the rights to open Dunkins in Minneapolis, but just hasn't yet).

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Re: Tim Hortons

Postby amiller92 » May 6th, 2019, 11:53 am

I'd be rather surprised if the franchise agreement doesn't have a noncompete that would complicate converting to competing donut brand.

Although franchise law is weird and I know very little about it, so it's possible that isn't allowed.

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Re: Tim Hortons

Postby Didier » May 6th, 2019, 12:40 pm

Did many of the stores bake their own donuts, or were they shipped in from a central facility?

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Re: Tim Hortons

Postby mulad » May 10th, 2019, 6:22 am

Well, the MOA Tim Hortons was open on Friday, but had closed sometime between then and Tuesday morning when I was at the mall again. The windows had been covered with vinyl wrap by that time. I imagine all 14 are closed by this point.

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Re: Tim Hortons

Postby trafficeng985 » May 10th, 2019, 9:31 am

Didier wrote:
May 6th, 2019, 12:40 pm
Did many of the stores bake their own donuts, or were they shipped in from a central facility?
Pretty sure they are shipped frozen and reheated

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Re: Tim Hortons

Postby Didier » May 10th, 2019, 5:39 pm

I recall talindsay once had some intel on this.

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Re: Tim Hortons

Postby FISHMANPET » May 11th, 2019, 6:02 pm

mulad wrote:
May 10th, 2019, 6:22 am
Well, the MOA Tim Hortons was open on Friday, but had closed sometime between then and Tuesday morning when I was at the mall again. The windows had been covered with vinyl wrap by that time. I imagine all 14 are closed by this point.
I was actually there last Monday at about 7:30 AM as the crew finished putting up the vinyl over the windows. Ruined my breakfast plans for the rest of the week.

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Re: Tim Hortons

Postby talindsay » May 30th, 2019, 12:38 pm

Didier wrote:
May 10th, 2019, 5:39 pm
I recall talindsay once had some intel on this.
I actually don't know how our franchisee was doing it. The US ones all over the northeast / eastern Midwest were using central bakeries and shipping to the stores, which was one of the reasons their products were noticeably worse than in Canada, where stores all baked their own doughnuts. Toronto actually switched to a central bakery model about a decade ago and I think the Canadians have been switching that way wherever density made it worthwhile. The Fargo Tim Hortons was making its doughnuts in-shop but it's a very isolated location.

I can't say as this whole snafu was a surprise - the current franchise model seems to be very hostile between the franchiser and the franchisees, as the whole Saint Louis operation shut down shortly after ours opened, due to a dispute between the two. Although the East Lake store was probably doomed regardless (as noted earlier), I can't imagine that the Dinkytown location wasn't profitable - it was quite busy, and its product was pretty good.


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