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Canadian coffee brand Tim Hortons enters Indian market with stores in Delhi-NCR

The entry has been made as part of an exclusive agreement with a joint venture entity owned by Apparel Group and Gateway Partners

Canadian coffee and baked goods brand, Tim Hortons has announced its entry in the Indian market with the opening of two stores in Delhi and Gurugram on Thursday.

The entry has been made as part of an exclusive agreement with a joint venture entity owned by Apparel Group and Gateway Partners. AG Café International Management, the master franchisee of the Tim Hortons brand in India, will celebrate the opening of the chain’s first two locations in Delhi and NCR with a launch event inaugurated by the Canadian ambassador to India, Cameron MacKay.

Known worldwide for its coffee, beverages and delicious food, Tim Hortons has introduced a host of menu options for the Indian market.

The coffee shops at Select Citywalk Mall (Saket) and DLF Cyberhub (Gurugram) will feature warm and comfortable interiors and a welcoming environment inspired by the brand’s Canadian origins.

“In March 2022, we announced our intent to open hundreds of stores in India over the next ten years. Today’s news is the first step in that exciting commitment. Tim Hortons is not just a popular coffee chain, it’s an experience. We are starting with Delhi NCR and will be opening outlets in the state of Punjab in the coming months. I would like to thank our employees and partners for their trust and dedication to making this happen,” said Navin Gurnaney, CEO of the Tim Hortons franchise in India. 

“We are very excited to bring Tim Hortons to India.” said Thiago Santelmo, President RBI EMEA, parent company of Tim Hortons. “With over 55 years of coffee heritage, Tim Hortons has captured the hearts and taste buds of Canadians, and we are confident our guests in India will love our premium quality coffee and food. Entering India shows our ongoing commitment to serving more guests around the world.” 

MacKay, High Commissioner for Canada to India, said, “Millions of Canadians have enjoyed Tim Hortons for decades – now it’s time to share with India!  Tim Hortons long-awaited launch here is a sign of the close relationship between Canada and India, and between Canadians and Indians. Indians can now enjoy a taste of what is an essential part of growing up in Canada, and we are incredibly proud to support their arrival.”

Neeraj Teckchandani, the Chief Executive Officer of Apparel Group, said, “We are thrilled to begin our journey in India. We have had great success with the brand in GCC with nearly 220 stores and counting. We are really bullish on the opportunity that India provides for Tim Hortons.”

V Shankar, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Gateway Partners, said, “Tim Hortons has a long, rich history of providing guests with premium coffee and delicious food. The India venture has the promise and the potential to be truly transformative. It is also aligned with Gateway's approach of investing in well-established market leaders in emerging markets who cater to core consumption needs. I cannot wait to see people having their first cup of Tim Hortons coffee.”

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