Chain Store Maps – Tim Hortons vs Starbucks

Every map tells a story!

Welcome to StatsMaps, a brand new feature here at Red Lion Data.
This week we’re going to find out just who likes their coffee more–Canadians or Americans.
Check out the StatsMaps below, and be sure to click on them for a closer look.

Wow! Americans really like their coffee! Or, do they?

Tim Hortons has 3,422 locations in Canada

Starbucks has 11,174 locations in the USA

With the current population of 35 million, there is one Tim Hortons coffee shop for roughly every 10,000 Canadians.
The current population of  the United States  is 316 million, which means there is one Starbucks for roughly every 28,000 Americans.

Who woulda thunk?

And now, for a little history! 

Tim Hortons has 804 locations in the USA

Starbucks has 1228 locations in Canada

It was  in 1984 that Tim Hortons opened its first U. S. restaurant in Tonawanda, N. Y. Since then, Timmie’s (as it is lovingly referred to in Canada) has made a push for major expansion into the U.S., with 804 locations in  Indiana, Maryland, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia–and many more to come! And, by the way, for you Canadian snowbirds vacationing in Florida, you can now get your Timmie’s fix in Tampa Bay!

Way back in 1987, the first Starbucks opened at the Seabus Skytrain Station in Vancouver.  But, it wasn’t until 1996 that Starbucks began its Canadian expansion, when it opened five new locations in Toronto, Ontario–all on the same day!  As of July 2013, there were 1,228 Starbuck’s locations in Canada, from Victoria, British Columbia to Toronto, Ontario; from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to its most northerly coffeehouse in Whitehorse, Yukon.

Be sure to come back every week for a new StatsMaps story. Please leave us a comment letting us know if you like our new StatsMaps feature! Also, if you have an idea for StatsMaps, let us know!

Gloria Sauve

Director of Marketing

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