Tim Hortons is a quintessential Canadian icon, but people across the country have been so overexposed to it over the years that it's become a sort of run-of-the-mill coffee shop to many of them. In fact, just this year, a report by Maclean's revealed that Tim Hortons was no longer Canada's favourite coffee shop. Apparently, the country has moved onto McCafé... Ouch.
But just because Canadians are over it, doesn't mean the rest of the world is too. Tim Hortons has been expanding in the UK over the past year, and its been a huge hit so far, especially with the Scots.
So far, three coffee shops have opened in the Glasgow area, and people are absolutely obsessed with it. The most recent location just opened today. It might even be the biggest thing to hit Glasgow in a while:
The main reason to visit Glasgow!! #TimHortons @timhortonsuk— Gillian Colledge (@GillianColledg1)
I love coming to Glasgow now :) @TimHortons @timhortonsuk— Ashleigh Fraser (@respoftw)
@TimHortons - I’m just so happy you came to Glasgow!!— John Steventon (@johntherower)
Couldn’t take a trip to Glasgow and not bring back a box of #Timbits to the office in Newbury! @TimHortons @timhortonsuk— Jay Canham (@JayCanham)
Tim Hortons in Glasgow "has been a hit & was even left out of stock due to its popularity after peckish Scots ate all the donuts"— Martin Flanagan (@martflan)
It comes to Glasgow and that's me finally getting my @TimHortons after last having it in Canada 7 years ago— Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins (@sophiemeehanx3)
Went to @TimHortons in Glasgow for lunch the other day. Ordered the stk and cheese panini. Was offered some fries with it. Asked if they did poutine. “But that’s Canadian” I was informed........ btw, the filter coffee is pish— Tony Cummins (@tonycyyz)
@TimHortons London?— Lewis Brooks (@LewiBrooks)
Tim Hortons has decided to go to Glasgow but not london and I wanna cry— Ru (@Ruwaydaaaaaa)
Regularly check for flights to Glasgow so @hamdialik & I can get Tim Hortons. The nostalgia is real, just located my videos from summer 2015— sulk (@sulkkkkkk)
Just been to Glasgow Tim Hortons. So Bangin!!!!— George W Kush (@SheekCoco)
@JonathanJoly you have to try Tim Hortons coffee when you’re in Glasgow. Only one in the UK. It’s amazing! On 4 corners x— Tammy Geoghegan (@tammyg83)
So, there are now four Tim Hortons in the UK. One in Cardiff and THREE in Glasgow. Come ON I NEED SOUR CREAM GLAZED.— Grandmaster Flush (@PopeRichard)
Been to @TimHortons in Glasgow with @smay13. Love it! We need one in Aberdeen! I'd never leave. @timhortonsuk #yummy #hotchocolate— Grant (@GDickieDesign)
"It's a fantastic city and shares similar values with Tim Hortons - a strong sense of community and friendly culture," said Kevin Hydes, the Chief Finance and Commercial Officer for the company.
During the opening day of the first shop in Glasgow, eager customers lined up down the street waiting to get their hands on a famous Canadian double-double. As they stood, they were greeted by people in traditional Mountie gear and staff members handing out free Timbits. If that isn't Canadian enough, I don't know what is.
It should mean a lot to Canadians that Tim Hortons was so well-received in Glasgow, considering the city has a well-established and thriving artisanal coffee scene. So far, the Scots seem to enjoy our coffee. But, as one of the world's top tea drinkers, we have yet to find out what they think about our tea.