The first Tim Hortons store opened in Hamilton, Ontario, on May 17th, 1964, on the site of a former gas station at the corner of Ottawa Street North and Dunsmure Road in the city’s Crown Point neighbourhood.
Established by professional NHL ice hockey player Tim Horton and Jim Charade, the first Tim Horton Donuts location was a franchise opened by Spencer Brown. While the new coffee and donut store was an immediate success, it changed hands quickly and the third franchisee was Hamilton police constable Ron Joyce, who soon opened two more and became a full partner in the Tim Hortons corporate enterprise.
Tim Hortons still operates at the location but the original building was demolished and a new store built in 2014 which also houses a museum showcasing the coffee and donut chain’s hisory. A bronze statue of Tim Horton, in Toronto Maple Leafs hockey gear stands outside the restaurant.