50 years ago today Tim Hortons first opened its doors

 - Tim Hortons offers free donuts and launches video to mark the occasion and  bring guests back to the very beginning: http://bit.ly/1jU3mzV -  OAKVILLE, ON, May 17, 2014 /CNW/ - A stop at Tim Hortons is a rite of passage  for Canadians on holiday weekends and today the trip is even sweeter. Tim  Hortons is celebrating its birthday by giving away free Birthday Cake Donuts  in restaurant and thanking loyal guests for 50 great years.  To help bring Canadians back to when the doors first opened on May 17, 1964,  Tim Hortons has created an online video showing how it took over Toronto's  Yonge-Dundas Square and turned back the clock. People were surprised and  delighted with a '60s streetscape and a recreation of the restaurant's first  location - which was blue and white, a nod to founder Tim Horton's hockey  roots. Visitors were served free coffee and donuts and enjoyed special guests  including Toronto Maple Leaf alumni, Johnny Bower, Ron Ellis, Wendel Clark and  Darcy Tucker, and recording artist, Nikki Yanofsky. To share this experience  Canadians can watch the video on YouTubewww.youtube.com/TimHortons and at  www.TimHortons.com.  "Over the past five decades our loyal guests have made Tim Hortons Canada's  favourite cup of coffee. Today, from coast to coast our restaurant owners and  team members want to say thank you for 50 fantastic years," said Roland  Walton, President, Tim Hortons Canada. "We look forward to creating many more  memories in the years to come."  Guests are encouraged to share how they are celebrating Tim Hortons 50th  birthday on Facebook, Twitter (@TimHortons and Instagram @TimHortons) using  #Tims50th.  Tidbits about Tim Hortons:            --  Nearly 8 out of 10 cups of coffee sold in Canada are poured at             Tim Hortons; each year Tim Hortons serves 2 billion cups of             coffee.         --  Approximately 15 per cent of Canadians (more than 5.3 million             people!) visit Tim Hortons daily.         --  The first Tim Hortons location opened in Hamilton on May 17,             1964. At this time, a cup of coffee and a donut cost 10 cents             each.         --  The four donuts on the original Tim Hortons logo represented             Tim Horton's four daughters.         --  Over the past 50 years, Tim Hortons has served enough coffee to             fill 2500 Olympic sized pools.         --  If you were to line up the number of Timbits sold at Tim             Hortons since the invention of Timbits in 1976, the line would             span across 400,000 km of road - approximately the equivalent             of all paved roads in Canada.         --  Since it opened its doors nearly 50 years ago, Tim Hortons has             grown to the largest publicly-traded restaurant chain in             Canada. Tim Hortons currently has 4,524 restaurants in Canada,             the U.S. and the Gulf Cooperation Council - 3,610 of these             restaurants are in Canada alone.  Tim Hortons Inc. Overview Tim Hortons is one of the largest publicly-traded restaurant chains in North  America based on market capitalization, and the largest in Canada. Operating  in the quick service segment of the restaurant industry, Tim Hortons appeals  to a broad range of consumer tastes, with a menu that includes premium coffee,  hot and cold specialty drinks (including lattes, cappuccinos and espresso  shots), specialty teas and fruit smoothies, fresh baked goods, grilled Panini  and classic sandwiches, wraps, soups, prepared foods and other food products.   As of March 30, 2014, Tim Hortons had 4,524 systemwide restaurants, including  3,610 in Canada, 870 in the United States and 44 in the Gulf Cooperation  Council. More information about the Company is available at www.timhortons.com.    SOURCE  Tim Hortons  For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact: Michelle  Robichaud robichaud_michelle@timhortons.com 905.339.5047  Image with caption: "TORONTO: To celebrate its 50th birthday today, Tim  Hortons thanked its loyal guests by treating them to birthday cake donuts in  restaurants and creating an online video taking guests back in time to 1964:  http://bit.ly/1jU3mzV. #Tims50th (CNW Group/Tim Hortons)". Image available at:   http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140517_C8935_PHOTO_EN_40462.jpg  To view this news release in HTML formatting, please use the following URL:  http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/May2014/17/c8935.html  CO: Tim Hortons ST: Ontario 
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