Industry News | January 21, 2010

Tim Hortons Opens on Naval Base

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Tim Hortons Inc. announced it opened a restaurant at Naval Station Norfolk, the world's largest naval base, located in Norfolk, Virginia. The opening broadens Tim Hortons' long-established connection with military personnel, and continues the company's expansion in the U.S. market.

The NS Norfolk restaurant is Tim Hortons' second on a U.S. military base following the opening of a location at Fort Knox last fall. The company also serves its signature coffee and baked goods on seven Canadian military bases and at a restaurant in Kandahar, Afghanistan, which American, Canadian, and British troops have dined at since 2006.

"Tim Hortons is privileged to serve the 54,000 sailors of Naval Station Norfolk, their families and the more than 12,000 civilians who support them through their employment on the base," says David Clanachan, chief operations officer, U.S. and International, Tim Hortons Inc. "The opening of our NS Norfolk location continues our strategy of expanding into contiguous markets through strategic alliances. We're excited to be working with NEX (Navy Exchange) and look forward to strengthening our affiliation."

In 2009, Tim Hortons Inc. entered into a strategic partnership with Kahala Corp. By the end of September Tim Hortons had 65 co-branded restaurants with Cold Stone Creamery in the U.S. and 12 locations in Canada. The 4,540 square-foot location at NS Norfolk is also co-branded, featuring Tim Hortons, Cold Stone Creamery, and a Great Steak. The restaurant will be open daily from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

"Naval Station Norfolk is proud to be the location for the first partnership between the Navy and Tim Hortons, Cold Stone Creamery, and Great Steak,” says Naval Station's commanding officer, Capt. Kelly Johnson. "Adding the trio to the food service options on Naval Station is a tremendous benefit to sailors and their families."