Volume 96, Issue 13
Thursday September 19, 2002

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Tim Hortons

Marijuana, cocaine and heroin are all good and fun, but the addiction of choice for most Canadians is probably caffeine – and there's no better (or closer) place to get that java fix than at the local Tim Hortons. Timmy's: the place where the ladies smile, the coffee is fresh and the lazy drive-thru customers wait twice as long.

With huge daily lineups stretching for miles (at least that's what it seems like when you have coffee-withdrawal), the several kajillion Tim Hortons outlets across the Western campus are only a few in a long tradition of brown-coloured havens.

Back in 1964, the first Tim Horton Donut Shop opened in Hamilton, Ontario. Mr. Horton himself was a former defenceman for the Toronto Maple Leafs and never got to see how big his little coffee shop would become. He was killed in a car accident shortly after establishing his first shop. His business partner, Ron Joyce, took over the shop and opened several more outlets.

Today, there are over 2,000 Tim Hortons across Canada and more than 140 in the United States. Tim Hortons' U.S. success is partially based on their merger with Wendy's International Inc. in 1995.

But, it's not cops that build Tim Hortons treasury – it's university students pigging out from stress that has likely kept the chain on top of the coffee and baked goods ladder.

Not only do Western students know the location of every Tim Hortons on campus, but there isn't anything on God's green earth that speaks to a bunch of 20-somethings more than Roll Up the Rim to Win, the annual Tim Hortons sweepstakes. When else do you drink 10 cups of coffee a day in hopes of winning a GMC Envoy (so you don't have to walk to class) or a Sony home theatre (to impress your roommates).

As the long lines at Tim Hortons coffee shops around campus seem to indicate, we simply don't have enough. Look forward to December when a new full size and full service Timmy's will open in the Social Science Building. You know what that means? Coffee, soup and sandwich combos for all!

–Brian Wong

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