Drive-thrus at nearly 100 co-branded Tim Hortons and Cold Stone Creamery restaurants in Canada will now serve ice cream products.
While Cold Stone Creamery has provided ice cream to dine-in guests since 2009, this development adds some popular items to the drive-thru’s offerings.
To maintain speed of service in the drive-thru lane, the offerings will be paired to such prepared items as Oreo Indulgence, Cookie Cookie Dough Dough, Peanut Butter-Chocolate and ice cream-cookie sandwiches, said Nick Javor, Tim Hortons Inc. senior vice president, in a statement from the Oakville, Ontario-based quick-service chain.
"More than half of Tim Hortons' guests use the convenience of a drive-thru every day,” Javor said. “Now those guests on-the-go can also pick up some Cold Stone Creamery ice cream.”
Tim Hortons and Cold Stone Creamery, a division of Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Kahala Corp., have developed more than 130 co-branded locations in Canada, as well as additional units in the United States.
As of Jan. 1, Tim Hortons had 4,014 systemwide restaurants, including 3,295 in Canada, 714 in the United States and five in the Middle East.
The companies released no immediate plans to expand the drive-thru ice cream offerings to U.S. units, although Tim Hortons does have co-branded units there, including a double drive-thru that opened late last year in Lima, Ohio.