Wednesday, January 11

Timmy Gets Fancy

Well, Tim Horton might be feeling some competitive pressure. Not from Starbucks, which is mostly shut out from Canada, but from "the Maple Leaf Chain;" namely the great Canadian colossus sometimes known as "McDonalds" and their popular "McCafe." Lattes? At Tim Horton? What will come next; biscotti?

Personally, I'm not sure that Timmy's got all its marketing right. You get free wifi at McDonalds and that lets me text under the new Apple iOS without paying the exorbitant AT&T foreign data rates. Just remember: "McDouble, sans ketchup; ici; sandwich seulment, s'il vous plait."

Yup, I'm in Quebec once again. Somehow, I find that -17C in Quebec seems a LOT warmer than 2F would in North Texas. I'm not sure why this should be so...


Big Oak said...

Maybe it's a "dry" cold?

Wait till the wind blows.

Steve A said...

This morning, they said it was -23C with the wind chill. Seemed pretty decent to me. In contrast, I thought I was gonna freeze when I had to walk out to our North Texas parking lot on Monday morning. It was about 44F. Go figure.

Anonymous said...

Not sure where you got the idea that Starbucks is mostly shut out of Canada. We have lots of Starbucks here.

Steve A said...

I'm sure there are lots of Starbucks. According to their website, there are 5 in Montreal and something over 500 across Canada. There are, however, probably over 500 Tim Hortons in Montreal alone. I know I passed 5 just getting from my hotel to the freeway. Yeah, I'd call that mostly shut out when Starbucks has over 16000 stores, but only 500 in a country located less than 200 miles from Howard's home. How many Starbucks are there in Seattle alone?

OTOH, the closest Timmy to North Texas is in Kentucky, so maybe it is an informal agreement.

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