By Shane McGinley
Dubai’s Apparel Group to manage Gulf franchise for Canada’s largest restaurant chain
Tim Hortons, Canada's largest restaurant chain, has signed a deal with Dubai-based Apparel Group to open up to 120 restaurants in the UAE and wider Gulf region, to expand outside North America.
The properties will be developed and operated by Apparel in the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman, Don Schroeder, CEO of Tim Hortons confirmed.
"There is an opportunity over the long term to explore international opportunities and seed the Tim Hortons’ brand in various markets outside of North America," Schroeder said.
The value of the deal was not disclosed.
The Ontario-based company, which has a few stores in Britain and at some military bases in the Middle East, had about 3,040 restaurants in Canada and 587 in the US, as of July 4.
Apparel Group, which operates brands like Tommy Hilfiger and Aeropostale, has over 500 stores in about fourteen countries.
This is the best news I have seen all year, but I hope the prices will be in-line with what they are in NA, we will see...... Timbits all around, you gotta love em eh!
I cant wait for Timmys to open in UAE.
Can't wait!! Double double please! Get it to Dubai as soon!
What's so special about Tim Hortons anyway!
Yummy! Timmy's has the best doughnuts, soups and sandwiches,,,but best of all the coffee! can't wait! oh and the Tim Bits...a box of 40 for the office please!
The best Ice Cafe I have ever had. Very exciting.
YAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!! I can't wait. If only they would still bake fresh and keep English Toffee Cappuccinos in all of their outlets. Either way, great news!
I guarantee that their prices will be at least double if not triple their Canada prices, where a medium cup of (very)average coffee is only around 5Dhs.
Also, the Apparel Group is NOT the best choice for franchisee, as their expertise is in retail and fashion. They could also have made a much, much bigger deal if they did their homework properly.
What's the point of having a Timmy's here if you can't get the 'authentic' breakfast sandwich.
English toffee Cappucino? Haven't found that in Toronto Tim Hortons. is it good?