Discussion in 'Retail' started by androiduk, Jun 30, 2009.
Tim Horton's opening in Times Square
Interesting. Also, news from yesterday:
The un-hollowing out of Canada
Is there anything tax cuts can't do?
More delicious tax revenue.
It can join all those TD Banks in NYC now.
TD Bank and Tim Hortons in NY? Wow Canada is taking over LOL
Swiss Chalet and Harvey's next?
I'd rather Harvey's start opening some new stores here to replace all the ones that disappeared in the past few years.
I actually sent them an email 2 weeks ago asking them if they're going out of business because they're closing all their downtown locations. No reply as yet.
NY Times post:
Let the Doughnut Wars Begin
Will New Yorkers prefer Timbits over Munchkins? That taste test will begin this weekend when about a dozen Dunkinâ€™ Donuts stores in the city will be transformed into the first local outlets of Tim Hortons, the king of doughnut sellers in Canada.
The Riese Organization, the company that first visited the urban food court upon Manhattan, is dropping its affiliation with Dunkinâ€™ Donuts with the hope that it can make more money with a chain named after a dead hockey player. Mr. Horton, a six-time all-star in the National Hockey League, opened a doughnut-and-coffee shop in Ontario 45 years ago. He died in a car crash 10 years later, but the chain grew on.
It now has more than 3,400 locations, including more than 500 in the United States, and its signature bite-size treats â€” Timbits â€” come in 35 varieties, including lemon-filled and sour cream glazed.
Of course, the competition will be fierce. Dunkinâ€™ Donuts, home of the Munchkin, has at least 500 locations in the New York City area alone, said Dennis Riese, chief executive of the Riese Organization. There are 427 within 10 miles of Times Square, according to the Dunkinâ€™ Donuts Web site. The nearest Tim Hortons is in Meriden, Conn., according to a spokesman for Riese.
That will change at 6 a.m. Monday, when commuters will be surprised to find that their usual stop for coffee and breakfast has a new name, look and menu, Mr. Riese said. He said he decided to convert 13 stores in the city, including one in Pennsylvania Station, because he hopes the broader menu of Tim Hortons will attract more customers for lunch and dinner.
Each of the restaurants has a kitchen, even though the doughnuts were made at a central commissary in Long Island City, Queens, Mr. Riese said. All of the food at the Tim Hortons, including the doughnuts, will be made on the premises, he said.
The high cost of rent in Manhattan made it impossible to earn an acceptable profit from Dunkinâ€™ Donuts, Mr. Riese said. â€œDunkinâ€™ is a great concept for a customer and a consumer,â€ he said, but added that â€œI canâ€™t make money with them.â€
Mr. Riese admitted that it will be a challenge to sell an unfamiliar chain to New Yorkers, though he said he had already done it with Godfatherâ€™s Pizza shops. He said he was betting that Tim Hortons would have more staying power than Godfatherâ€™s or Krispy Kreme, the southern doughnut chain that stormed into New York at the start of this decade but has retreated, leaving just two locations near Penn Station.
What an amazing article, they actually used the word 'doughnut' instead of the usual American version 'donut'.
Doughnut is still commonly used in the US. It's considered to be more traditional and formal than 'donut', and is certainly not considered to be non-American.
It doesn't sound like this franchisee is to be trusted. Let's hope Tim Hortons forced them to clean up their act.
lol, that is because there is no point in a response. they'll always be getting rid of the unprofitable locations. maybe they can update some of the downtown ones to be more comfortable, no wonder locations are going broke at gourmet prices with such unappealing and old-school, fixed seating...even McDonald's has regular chairs downtown. I say - major fail of whoever runs shit at Harvey's.
Why can't it be trusted? Its franchise agreement with Dunkin Donuts presumably expired and it's hardly untrustworthy to make a business decision not to renew it. Did I miss something?