Minister Fast Officially Opens First Tim Hortons in Kuwait

Harper government celebrates iconic Canadian chain expansion in the Middle East

Left photo: Minister Fast shooting ceremonial puck.
Right photo: Minister Fast serving iconic Tim Hortons coffee at opening ceremony in Kuwait.

August 24, 2013 - Kuwait City, Kuwait - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, today officially opened the first Tim Hortons restaurant in Kuwait. The minister served the restaurant’s first cup of coffee after having shot a ceremonial puck, which opened the doors to a swarm of waiting customers. The Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shop at The Avenues Phase II in Kuwait City marks the 32nd Tim Hortons restaurant in a member country of the Gulf Cooperation Council. The restaurant opens today and will offer all of the usual favourites, including Timbits and the iconic ‘double-double’.

Tim Hortons is the largest restaurant chain in Canada. It has more than 4,300 restaurants, including nearly 3,500 in Canada, offering coffee, baked goods, breakfast and lunch. Tim Hortons continues to move towards its goal of opening 120 restaurants in Gulf Cooperation Council countries since the initial five locations opened in 2011 in the UAE.

Minister Fast is on a five-day visit to Kuwait, Turkey and Saudi Arabia to advance the interests of Canadian businesses in those countries.

For more information, please see consult, Minister Fast Visits Middle East and Turkey.

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Adam Taylor
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade

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