The area’s first Tim Hortons opens today in Stratford New Jersey on the White Horse Pike. If you aren’t familiar, Tim Hortons is a donut and coffee shop… a Canadian version of Dunkin or Starbucks!
42Freeway has been following this story since construction started, and we’re a lot late getting this most important piece of news out… because Mark was on vacation in Fort Lauderdale and just returned last night.
UPDATE: A reader states the signage at the store says Opens NOON!
42Freeway expects to visit the new Tim Hortons early evening.
Note: Header photo and others were taken late September when construction was in the final stages
Ribbon Cutting and Public Opening
So it seems there are two important times for today. 11:30am and
The official Ribbon Cutting ceremony is scheduled at 11:30am. This information comes from our friends at radio station SOJO 104.9 They state in their recent post that the ribbon cutting information comes from Stratford’s Boro Clerk.
UPDATE: We are hearing that signage says the Stratford store opens at NOON. Which makes more sense… immediately following the ribbon-cutting.
And yes… we expect the next few days to be very busy for Tim Hortons!
Interestingly I cant locate anything official from Tim Hortons on this new location. It is not on their website store locator, there is no Facebook page or event for the location. I don’t even see an official press release. Even the Stratford Town website doesn’t call out the grand opening, and its been a bit of a big deal for the town. Just seems a little strange! “Let’s not tell anyone we are opening, after spending 7 figures to develop the place!”
And while you are there to check out Tim Hortons, drive a block away and visit the also amazing Philadelphia Provision eatery!
Where and What is Tim Hortons?
I just got back from Vacation and scrambling to catch up… I am going to repurpose my commentary from a prior post on the new restaurant. Sorry guys!
The Stratford location is located on a corner property of White Horse Pike at New Road, which enters into the Patco property. A TD Bank sits next to Tim Hortons property, and across the street is the old Bradlees property which has a new Dollar General out front, and a Royal Farms is still planned to be developed.
The first thing to learn about Tim Hortons is there is no “apostrophe”. It’s just HORTONS.
And in Canada they call it “Timmies”
Timmies is a Canadian based Donut and Coffee shop. And in their mind they are a donut shop first, and a coffee place second. But that’s just semantics. The best way to describe them is; Canada’s Dunkin.
But like other chains they are expanding the offerings, and they official list on their signage “Cafe & Bake Shop”
Sure coffee and donuts are a huge part of the Tim Hortons business model (the Maple glazed are a signature item), but they also have a lunch menu featuring Turkey Bacon Club, BLT, Chipotle Cheddar Chicken Wrap, Paninis and more.
The name Tim Hortons comes from one of their founders, a Canadian hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs who with a partner started the chain in 1964. They really love their hockey in Canada. And Tim Hortons celebrates their Canadian roots.
Today there are over 4,600 Tim Horton restaurants in 14 countries, and they are Canada’s largest quick-service restaurant chain.
The Company is owned by RBI, which also own Burger King and Popeyes. This comes from a 2014 buyout by Burger King which allowed Burger King to keep their Miami Headquarters, but position the parent company in Toronto next to Tim Hortons.
Links and Location
Tim Hortons Stratford NJ
White Horse Pike and New Road
Other 42Freeway posts on Tim Hortons. I ramble on about Tim Hortons and the Coffe/Donut business in general