Coffee and Timbits, eh? Canada’s Tim Hortons coming to Indonesia in 2024

Tim Hortons’ Timbits being as Canadian as can be. Photo: Instagram/@timhortons
Tim Hortons’ Timbits being as Canadian as can be. Photo: Instagram/@timhortons

Fans of simplistic delights in Indonesia can now look forward to the arrival of Canadian coffee and donut specialists Tim Hortons.

According to a Nikkei Asia, the Toronto-based coffee shop franchise has signed a multinational expansion agreement that will see it open “hundreds” of shops in Singapore and Malaysia in 2023, followed by Indonesia in 2024.

Timmie’s, as the franchise is affectionately called in Canada, currently has over 5,600 stores, the majority of which are located in its home nation. Tim Hortons is available in 15 countries, including the Philippines (in Manila, to be exact), China, India, the US, the UK, and Saudi Arabia.

The franchise was founded in 1964 by Canadian hockey player Tim Horton. It was primarily a simple coffee and donuts shop before it expanded its menu to include the beloved Timbits (donut holes), dutchie, and flavored cappuccino, which are especially delightful in the unforgiving Canadian winter.

Excluding purveyors of artisan donuts, Tim Hortons will likely have to go on a holey crusade against Indonesia’s very own J.Co Donuts & Coffee, which has 236 stores in the country as of 2020. The franchise has expanded internationally, with stores in Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Saudi Arabia.

Other than J.Co, other major donut franchises in Indonesia include the US’ Krispy Kreme and Dunkin’ Donuts.


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