By Jennifer R Jones | Posted on July 17, 2009 5:51 PM
Canada’s leading coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons opened 12 new stores in New York City on Monday, July 13, entering the competition against Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts for the first time in the Big Apple. The Tim Hortons shops will mostly open in former Dunkin' Donuts locations that were shut down Friday, July 10, before undergoing a fast renovation over the weekend for its Monday debut. The chain opened its doors in key tourist destinations like Broadway, Times Square, Penn Station, and Madison Square Garden. Two locations are open in Brooklyn. Three additional locations are expected to open in August as well. These three will open in existing Cold Stone Creamery stores as part of an ongoing test initiative to co-brand with up to 100 stores in the U.S. Debuting in New York City is a significant milestone in the Tim Hortons brand expansion. The locations are operated by franchisee The Riese Organization, which operates 113 restaurants in New York City. The Riese Organization agreed to end its franchise relationship with Dunkin’ Donuts by July 31 and is therefore converting their Dunkin’ Donuts locations to Tim Hortons. The termination of the relationship is a result of a health violation dispute, and each are claiming they ended the relationship. The Ontario, Canada-based company with a U.S. headquarters in Dublin, Ohio sells coffee, fresh baked goods, sandwiches and soups. There are about 3,500 locations in North America, 500 of which are in the U.S. with more to come.