- 1. Did you buy at Tim Hortons often while you were still in Vancouver?
- 2. Did you like the coffee and doughnuts?
- 3. Did you ever wonder why the chain is called Tim Hortons?
- 4. Which do you prefer, Tim Hortons or Starbucks?
- 5. Are/ Were there any athletes in your country who got into business?
Miles Gilbert “Tim” Horton (January 12, 1930 – February 21, 1974) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player, a defenceman for 24 seasons in the National Hockey League. He played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Buffalo Sabres. Also a successful businessman, Horton was a co-founder of the Tim Hortons restaurant chain.
Born in Cochrane, Ontario, at Lady Minto Hospital, Horton’s parents were Ethel May and Aaron Oakley Horton, a Canadian National Railway mechanic. Tim had one brother, Gerry Horton. He had English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry.
Horton grew up playing ice hockey in Cochrane, and later in mining country near Timmins. The Toronto Maple Leafs organization signed him; in 1948 he moved to Toronto to play junior hockey and attended St. Michael’s College School.
In 1964, Horton opened his first Tim Horton Doughnut Shop in Hamilton, Ontario on Ottawa Street. He even added a few of his culinary creations to the initial menu. By 1968, Tim Horton had become a multimillion-dollar franchise system. Horton’s previous business ventures included both a hamburger restaurant and Studebaker auto dealership in Toronto.
Upon Horton’s death in 1974, his business partner, Ron Joyce, bought out the Horton family’s shares for $1 million and took over as sole owner of the existing chain that had 40 stores at the time and later expanded to nearly 4,600 stores in Canada alone by 2013. Joyce’s son, Ron Joyce, Jr., is married to Horton’s eldest daughter.
Source: https://en.wikipedia.orgExercise 1 – VocabularyMatch the terms to the definitions.