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Cold Stone-Tim Hortons: Two treats now under one roof

posted Aug 20, 2011, 1:35 PM by Cold Stone Facts

[CSF]- Cold Stone owner, Jeff Curran - shown on the left below, reports that all is well with his 4 franchises in Ohio:   " I have many very positive things to say about the business and am happy to report being very profitable across my 4 locations."  ....

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Tim Hortons, Cold Stone Creamery pair up at South Campus Gateway

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2009/02/17/rest0217.ART_ART_02-17-09_C10_TCCUJ33.html

By  By Bill Chronister

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

Tuesday February 17, 2009 6:43 AM

Jeff Curran, left, of Cold Stone Creamery and John M. Golaszewski Jr. of Tim Hortons are sharing space under one roof at South Campus Gateway. The co-branded store will have its grand opening Friday morning. Digital menu boards behind them show both brands' fare.

The co-branding concept has come home to roost in the South Campus Gateway. In recent days, a single restaurant site now offers both Cold Stone Creamery's ice cream and Tim Hortons' coffee, baked goods, sandwiches and soups.

The plan for this particular co-branding experiment was hatched a little more than a year ago by the two companies and is expected to spread quickly.

As early as March, at least one more Cold Stone and a couple of Tim Hortons in central Ohio could be offering the other's products, the companies' officials said.

Chief executives Paul House of Tim Hortons Inc. and Kevin Blackwell of Kahala Corp., Cold Stone's parent, met at an industry event early last year, said Lee Knowlton, chief operating officer of Phoenix-based Kahala. Their conversation started a series of discussions that led to the creation of two test stores in Rhode Island.

"We didn't consider ourselves competitors," said David Clanachan, Hortons' chief operating officer. "Both concepts felt they were best of brands in their areas."

And they generate customer traffic at different times.


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