Some would call it our national obsession – after hockey and beer, of course. So much so, that the colloquial term double-double (referring to a coffee with two creams and two sugars) was actually added to the Canadian Oxford Dictionary a few years ago.
Tim Hortons boasts nearly 3000 restaurants nationwide, including three in neighbouring Langford, but none in Sooke. I’ve been in smaller towns across this country that have a Tim’s, so why doesn’t Sooke?
This morning on Facebook, I noticed a group started by some Sooke residents called, appropriately, People Who Want A Tim Hortons In Sooke. As of this post, 156 members had joined since the group was created 2 days ago. The creator of the group, Randy Marsh, contacted Tim Hortons in Oakville, Ontario and received this response about his inquiry as to the lack of caffeinated-and-sugary-Tim’s-goodness in our little hometown:
Dear Randy Marsh ,
I would like to thank you for taking the time to write to us with your location suggestion as well as for your valued patronage.
Your suggestion has been forwarded to our Real Estate Department for their review and consideration. It is through feedback from valued customers, such as yourself, that we are continually able to grow as a company.
If you have any further questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact us.
The TDL Group Corp.
What do you think? Would you like a Tim Hortons in Sooke? I don’t particularly care for Tim’s coffee myself, and I try and avoid doughnuts and muffins altogether, but I admit that their soups and sandwiches are pretty tasty if you’re in a pinch. The one thing I really dislike about Tim’s (and, to be fair, most fast food outlets), is the litter that’s left lying on the ground in close proximity to the store. It’s not the business’s fault – facilities are provided for responsible disposal – but the two go hand-in-hand.
I posed the question on Twitter this morning, and have already received a half-dozen-or-so responses. An interesting counter-question came about: Timmy’s for the sake of Timmy’s, or just a place to hang out in the evening when everything else is closed. A good point – most Tim’s are open 24 hours or at least very late and very early. Another point is that Tim Hortons provides decent employment for youth, and would keep more dollars in Sooke rather than spending them elsewhere.
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