It all started in 1964 when hockey legend Tim Horton opened the first store in Hamilton. You could only buy coffee and two types of donuts back then. The Canadian icon Timbit was created in 1976 and has been a household name ever since. The early 1980s saw the addition of muffins, cookies and croissants.
The eventual opening of U.S. locations brought Tim Horton’s tasty treats to the U.S in the mid-1980s. Years later, after expansion and growth, Tim Horton’s is still proud to help the less fortunate and serve a varied food and beverage menu.
By the year 2014, Tim Hortons (Tims) has become a part of the third-largest restaurant brand in the world, Restaurant Brands International. Around that same time, Tims locations introduced the TimmyMe app that allowed payments using smartphones.
A very simple concept of enjoying coffee and baked goods became not only a national Canadian success but also an international success. The blending of simple and quality products with high-tech service and payment options made Tim Hortons locations convenient to a wide range of customers.
As the franchise is ever expanding, Tim Hortons’ official website offers much information about investment opportunities and a guide on how to become part of the franchising program. There are well-written articles that can help you understand what it takes to be a part of the team.
This article can help you navigate the information on the Tim Hortons official website. It will explain the departments that deal with specific issues, client or corporate. There are also quick links you can access to get in touch with customer service through social media or e-mail. An explanation on how the Tims locator works and when to use it is also given.
Tim Hortons self-help feature
Before scrolling down their contact page to get to the email addresses and survey links, you will notice a section of trending questions. There are usually six hot topics provided. By clicking on any one of them you will be given the answer or instructions necessary to solve that problem.
If what you are experiencing is not among the most common topics, you can use the search box and ask a very specific question. Another option would be to browse through the entire archive of articles. Of course, you can narrow down the articles by choosing to display a particular topic only.
- Guest feedback
- Franchising information
- Single-serve coffee
- Donation requests
- TimmyMe mobile app
- Tim Hortons Coffee Partners
If you want to share your experience at a Tim Hortons location or just share your thoughts on the franchise, you can do so from their contact page. On the right side of the page you can find a Restaurant Feedback feature with two options.
There are two important steps in formulating your feedback message. First, you have to choose whether your feedback is related to a specific location or not. After that, you can classify your message under a number of given topics such as nutritional information, suggestions, mobile applications, environment, and more.
After those selections are made, you can type in your message and specify if you want to hear back from a representative. The messages allow only 1,200 characters so you should make the sentences as concise as possible. If you want to give feedback to a particular location you need to specify that in step one. Then you will be able to locate the Tims you want by its number or address.
Search for a Tims location
You can search for Tims locations by applying quite a few filters. You can choose to display results based on amenities, province, city or proximity to your location. This is the list of amenities you can mix and match to narrow down the locations:
- Open 24 hours
- Tim Card
- Mobile payment tap-to-pay
- Mobile payment scan-to-pay
- In-restaurant seating
Once you click on a result you will be given the full address, contact details and hours of operation (for locations that are not open 24/7).
Email addresses for Tim Hortons
- For any press enquiries you can contact media relations at the following email address. If you contact media relations without proof of credentials or with questions that are handled by other departments, you shouldn’t expect a reply:
- If you want to become an investor or simply have questions about investing in Tim Hortons, you can send an email at their investor relations department. This email address is for investing only and has nothing to do with the franchising program:
Contacting Tim Hortons via social media
Tim Hortons has over 2 million followers on Facebook. Visiting their Facebook page, @TimHortons, is one of the easiest ways to get the latest news about products and events. Tim Hortons’ customer service representatives are quick to answer any questions you send over private messages.
If your social media platform of choice is Twitter, then you can visit Tim Hortons here. Their page posts articles and news, and they can also help customers with any inquiries via private message discussions. Although some issues may take too long to solve via Twitter, Tim Hortons’ experienced customer service representatives can point you in the right direction.
How to obtain information about the Tim Hortons franchising program
Seeing as Tim Hortons is Canada’s largest coffee franchise, there is a certain appeal to want to join the team. If you want to find out about what it takes to be considered for a franchise you can get the information here.
The entire seven-step process is explained in detail. You will also be given links to a pre-qualification questionnaire to determine whether or not you qualify. You can find out, on the same page, how much it costs to get in the franchising program.
There is also an interesting tool that lets you browse through available markets. Tim Hortons frequently updates their potential new locations and targeted areas of interest.
Tim Hortons head office
You can dial Tim Hortons’ customer care services at 1 905 845 6511. This is their phone line for the Head Office in Ontario. You can also send a letter or drop in for a visit at the following address:
874 Sinclair Rd
Oakville, Ontario L6K 2Y1
Although these are valid choices, your best bet and fastest way to lodge a complaint is to use the feedback survey feature.