Canada’s popular Tim Hortons coffee and doughnut chain will open its first Twin Cities location in decades Thursday at Mall of America. The location is on the second floor east side of the mall, near the rotunda.
The ribbon cutting will be at 11 a.m. with 50 early bird guests receiving $25 Tim Hortons gift cards and a 10-pack of Timbits doughnut holes.
Additional locations are expected to open in Dinkytown later this month at 319 14th Av. SE in Minneapolis and 8500 Xylon Av. N in Brooklyn Park early next year. Restaurant Development Partners in Bloomington is partnering with Restaurant Brands International as the developer and representative for Tim Hortons in Minnesota.
The all-day restaurant chain has more than 3,600 outlets in Canada and about 800 in the U.S., with two in Tower and one in Mahnomen. New locations in International Falls and Brainerd are being built.
Tim Hortons was started in the 1960s by Canadian hockey player Tim Horton. He spent 24 years in the NHL, mainly with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He passed away in 1974.
In the 1990s, the company briefly operated a Tim Horton’s and Wendy’s combination restaurant in Hopkins.