March 9, 2006 by Joseph Krohn
Tim Hortons officials say they will open a store at the Kandahar military airfield in Afghanistan within the next few months.
Canadian soldiers have reportedly been lobbying for weeks for the move. Their requests were passed on to Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Rick Hillier, who passed the message on to the company.
In a news release issued Wednesday, Tim Hortons says it will convert a trailer and deliver it to the Canadian Forces for use in Afghanistan. Military personnel will be able to purchase selected baked goods and beverages, including coffee.
The Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency, the morale and welfare arm of the Canadian Forces, will be responsible for staffing and training, and also for operation of the trailer.
“I know I speak for all the men and women of the Canadian Forces when I say that I’m delighted to hear this news,” Gen. Hillier said in the news release.
“Opening a Tim Hortons to serve our troops in Afghanistan strengthens an already superb relationship between two great Canadian institutions. I would like to thank Tim Hortons for their endless support of the Canadian Forces over the years.”
Former police officer Ron Joyce co-founded the famous chain in Hamilton in 1964 with the late NHL hockey player, Tim Horton.
In 1995, Tim Hortons merged with U.S.-based Wendy’s International and became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the fast-food burger chain.
Wendy’s announced earlier this month that it had stepped up plans to spin off Tim Hortons, saying it will sell its remaining stake in the popular coffee and doughnut chain by the end of the year.