09 March 2006

Roll up the rim in Kandahar

Canadian soldiers will be able to get Tim Hortons in Afghanistan.

National Defence and Tim's parent company announced Wednesday that the company will be sending one of its portable shops, on a trailer, to the Canadian Forces camp in southwest Afghanistan.

The next step should be to develop a version of this portable restaurant on a standard military vehicle, like the Canadian MLVW or HLVW or the American 5 ton.

Even if it takes several vehicles, they can be easily linked together, as in this Russian configuration for a field printing plant, left.

For the record, here's the complete release, via Canada Newswire:

OAKVILLE, ON, March 8 /CNW/ - Tim Hortons and the Canadian Military are pleased to announce that a Tim Hortons store will open at Kandahar airfield within the next few months.

"We are extremely proud to be able to bring a little taste of home to our troops stationed in Kandahar," said Paul House, Chief Executive Officer and President for Tim Hortons. "Tim Hortons has always supported the Canadian Military and we are honoured to work together to make the opening possible."

Over the next few weeks, Tim Hortons will convert a trailer normally used during restaurant renovations, and deliver it to the Canadian Forces for use in Afghanistan. Once operational, military personnel will be able to purchase select baked goods and beverages, including Tim Hortons' legendary coffee.

The Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency, the morale and welfare arm of the Canadian Forces, will be responsible for staffing, training and operating the location at the Kandahar airfield.

"I know I speak for all the men and women of the Canadian Forces when I say that I'm delighted to hear this news," said General Rick Hillier, Chief of the Defence Staff. "Opening a Tim Hortons to serve our troops in Afghanistan strengthens an already superb relationship between two great Canadian institutions. I would like to thank Tim Hortons for their endless support of the Canadian Forces over the years."


Serving those who serve: the Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency enhances the morale and welfare of the military community, thus contributing to the operational readiness and effectiveness of the Canadian Forces.

For more information on the Canadian Forces, please visit www.forces.gc.ca.

For further information on the Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency visit www.cfpsa.com.

Tim Hortons is Canada's largest coffee and baked goods chain with over 2,600 locations in Canada and more than 290 locations in the United States.

To learn more about the company, visit www.timhortons.com.