Tim Horton’s is on the brink of arriving in Houston. The Canadian Coffee and Donut Shop marks one of many chain doughnut shops trying their hand in Houston at the present time. Dunkin’ and Krispy Kreme still fall second in terms of notoriety to local chain Shipley’s. At this point, Timmy’s has filed permits for three locations in Texas, all located within the Houston area. These stores represent the chain’s furthest Southern stores, outside of a failed attempt at expanding to Flordia in the 1980s. According to an interview with the Houston Chronicle, the new stores are coming to town via a longstanding partnership with a Houston-based Popeyes franchisee.
- 13451 Northwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77040 Former Drive-Thru portion of Luby’s
- 21811 Clay Rd, Katy, TX 77449 Next to Popeye’s
- 5312 W Richey Rd, Houston, TX 77066 Next to Popeye’s
These locations will also be somewhat modified to better fit our market. Slimming down the dining room, and menu to better pair them against Starbucks. While the exact menu has not been announced the Chronicle mentioned that it would be mostly based around baked goods and breakfast sandwiches. A similarly timed expansion is taking place in Atlanta, netting their metro area a total of 15 stores (in addition to Shipley’s and Whataburger!). If all goes well, the Houston area could expect a similar store count within the next few years. In an interesting twist, Tim Hortons is also not the only foreign fast-food bakery expanding in Houston. Red Ribbon Bakeshop, owned by Filipino Fast Food Corp, Jolibee recently opened a location in a former Dunkin’ Donuts at 13421 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77082, near the new Jollibee location. While the two aren’t directly comparable, it will be interesting to see how market adaptations affect two concepts from completely different backgrounds.