Whether you hate or love them, you aren't a true Canadian unless you've been to Tim Hortons. It's the national road trip stop, a place you probably walked to every day after school to hang out, it's the pit stop for hockey parents and more. We've always considered Tim Hortons to be a super Canadian ritual, but now that the chain has expanded globally, everyone around the world will be visiting a Timmies in no time.
Without a doubt, the most exciting opening of a Tim Hortons location ever was in China this morning. The first location of the restaurant and coffee shop is in the People's Square in Shanghai.
The store was immediately flooded by people thanks to an exciting new menu with items like a salted egg yolk Timbit -- products never before seen anywhere in Canada. Needless to say, Canadians have expressed their jealousy over not having the same specialty items.
TL;DR Tim Hortons officially opened their new location in Shanghai this morning, introducing new menu items like the salted egg yolk Timbit and more. Canadians are pretty torn on whether to love or hate the new restaurant, whereas those in Shanghai have waited more than 3 hours just to be there. Read below for more information.
The coffee chain expects that within 10 years from now over 1,500 Tim Hortons locations will be in China, which means a unique menu that caters to the food scene in major cities like Shanghai and Beijing is necessary.
That doesn't mean that Canadians (and even Americans!) haven't gone to Twitter to express their jealousy of the incredible new location overseas:
Tim Hortons opened their first location in China. Enjoy your double-doubles, Shanghai.— Justin Rosselet (@JustinRosselet) February 26, 2019
How does China get Tim Hortons but not Chicago. I need those honey Tim Bits #TimHortons— Zach McCann (@z_mccann1) February 26, 2019
PSA: China has Tim Hortons and Cleveland doesn’t. Anyone else see the problem? https://t.co/fG5qaYrF8r— Brandon Gallo (@Brandon_J_Gallo) February 26, 2019
So Tim Hortons finally opened in Shanghai, China.... quite different eh? pic.twitter.com/Mw1i633xiy— XQ (@MissXQ) February 26, 2019
On the other hand, many people are excited about the new addition as well as the brand new menu items only available at the Shanghai Tim Hortons...
Tim Hortons opens its first location in Shanghai today amid excitement and fanfare.— CICOttawa (@CICOttawa) February 26, 2019
In spite of a lot of the high level challenges between the two countries, there continue to be many positive developments going on at the working level.
The line outside the new location before opening today was over 3 hours long.
Canadian coffee shop Tim Hortons opens its first location in Shanghai today. Here’s video of the line (via wechat) pic.twitter.com/Ds4v8AihCf— Nathan VanderKlippe (@nvanderklippe) February 26, 2019
Two new menu items also confirmed are the Maple Macchiato and the Black Pepper Beef sandwich.
China's first Tim Horton's aka Tim's Coffee House opens in Shanghai tomorrow at 11 AM. Some Weibo account images.— J Boyce (@beijingboyce) February 25, 2019
(I'll make a mug in Beijing but will have it black instead of "double double". Sorry, eh. But I could do with a few Timbits.)https://t.co/Idk1TnODJn @TimHortons pic.twitter.com/e21AQmxOqR
Overall, the news is pretty exciting.
Tim Hortons is no longer just a Canadian staple, it really does look like the people of Shanghai are already obsessed with Timmies.
First Tim Hortons brought three hours lineup for his opening in #Shanghai, #China today. #Canada brand is strong. We could do more with it, and we should not take it for granted. 🇨🇦 #branding #business https://t.co/ogbJBcCQ6h— Mikael Charette (@mikcharette) February 26, 2019
Stay tuned for more information on this new Timmies location!