Author: Charles Schuster

Who really owns Tim Hortons?

The trouble with being a business that is also a cultural icon is that everybody thinks they own you. Take Tim Hortons, for instance. The new year started with a dustup between Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Tim’s franchise owners over her big pre-election minimum wage hike. The owners fought back, and now Big Labour has joined the fray. On top of all that, the chain is wracked by an internal fight between the American management team of the Brazilian global conglomerate that actually owns Tim’s, and a group of Canadian franchise owners who think they’re entitled to run the show. Charles Schuster reports.

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