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July 11, 2018 5:25 PM Tim Hortons signs franchise agreement to open more than 1,500 stores in China

Starbucks had 3,300 stores in 141 cities in China as of May and plans to total 5,000 by 2021. China is its fastest growing market and it opens a new store in the country every 15 hours. Whitbread, which operates Costa Coffee, has 449 of the coffee chain’s shops in China and plans to have 1,200 by 2022, according to its most recent annual report 9

July 9, 2018 7:30 PM Tim Hortons parent RBI names Duncan Fulton as chief corporate officer

The Great White North Franchisee Association, which claims to represent about half of Canada’s Tim Hortons franchisees, also wrote to Ottawa earlier this year alleging that RBI failed to live up to promises made under the Investment Canada Act in 2014. RBI chief executive Daniel Schwartz said Fulton brings an “impressive track record.” “His skills as a brand 9

June 9, 2018 9:45 PM Confident Canadian women’s soccer team is deeper than ever

The last time the Canadian women’s national team played in Hamilton was in May 2015, a friendly match against England that came days before Canada began hosting the Women’s World Cup. Canada was ranked eighth in the world then, according to FIFA. England sat at No. 6. Midfielder Sophie Schmidt, who scored the game’s lone goal to give Canada the victory 15

May 31, 2018 9:19 PM Franklin vs. Manziel throwback Friday for Argos and Ticats

The Argonauts claim to know little about new Hamilton Tiger-Cats backup quarterback Johnny Manziel, but they do have someone on board who once outshone Johnny Football during his brilliant college career. James Franklin, who is also battling for a backup quarterback job, played perhaps the defining game of his NCAA career with Missouri in November 2013, when he led the Tigers 10

May 23, 2018 4:55 PM Brand reputations: Tim Hortons slips as MEC, Jean Coutu, Canadian Tire lead

Google, Rolex and Lego top list for Canadians among non-Canadian names in annual rankings A number of Canadian retailers have seen their reputations improve sharply this year, while a well known coffee and doughnut chain declined, according to an annual ranking published Wednesday. For the second year in a row, Mountain Equipment Co-op has topped the list of Canadian 29

May 23, 2018 1:30 PM Tim Hortons falls from 13th to 67th in ranking of Canada’s most reputable companies

The study is based on ratings from 27,000 Canadians, who are asked to score companies on their products, innovation, workplace governance, citizenship, leadership and financial performance. Google, Lego and Rolex topped the list, while Canadian brands MEC, Jean Coutu and Canadian Tire all cracked the top 20. Shoppers Drug Mart, Home Hardware, Cineplex 43

May 15, 2018 6:46 PM Tim Hortons franchisee sues parent company for $4 million over licence renewal

It claims the company refused to renew his licence, which expires at the end of August, for a location at 200 Bay St. in downtown Toronto. According to the suit, Kuziora believed the company would renew his licence if he committed to renovate the location — an arrangement the company allegedly makes with all its franchisees. It says the company acted 19

April 12, 2018 5:09 PM How did one of Ontario’s first legal pot stores end up next to a Toronto public school? Premier Wynne wants answers

Parents at Blantyre Public School, just south of the location at Victoria Park Ave. and Gerrard St. E., say they had no idea a marijuana outlet would open at the strip mall where students go at lunchtime. “That just speaks to one of our concerns,” Richards said of the lack of information. “There isn’t the level of engagement there. It seems like a decision 19

April 5, 2018 6:01 PM Tim Hortons falls from 4th to 50th in survey of Canadians’ most admired brands

Tim Hortons recently faced an onslaught of negative publicity as some of its Ontario franchisees clawed back employee benefits, sparking nationwide protests and boycotts. Tim Hortons recently faced an onslaught of negative publicity as some of its Ontario franchisees clawed back employee benefits, such as paid breaks, to help offset the province’s minimum 25

March 28, 2018 1:07 AM Tim Hortons, franchisees spat over $700M plan to reno most Canadian locations

Coffee chain asks restaurant owners to spend $450,000 for a design change. The decision has generated more animosity between the chain and an unsanctioned franchisee group, the Great White North Franchisee Association. Earlier this month, the company held a call with franchisees explaining they wanted each restaurant owner to spend about $450,000 to renovate 20