SPAR Ireland continues to expand Tim Hortons kiosks in SPAR convenience store locations in Ireland

    OAKVILLE, ON, April 30 /CNW/ - Tim Hortons Inc. (NYSE:  THI, TSX: THI)
today announced that SPAR Ireland, Ireland's leading convenience food retailer
with over 440 franchised locations, has opened its 50th Tim Hortons coffee and
donut self serve kiosk in SPAR Ratoath, Co Meath, Ireland, with plans to make
the concept available to SPAR store owners nationwide over the next few years.
    The self-serve kiosks, featuring Tim Hortons coffee and a selection of
donuts, were tested and introduced over the past few months. The rollout is
being managed by Cuisine de France, under license from Tim Hortons, and the
kiosks are operated by independent SPAR retailers. Cuisine de France is a
leading provider of lifestyle foods in the Irish marketplace and is a
subsidiary of IAWS Group, plc, a publicly traded food and agribusiness. At
present, the distribution of coffee and donuts through SPAR with respect to
these self-serve kiosks is not expected to be a material contributor to Tim
Hortons net income, although it will result in incremental warehouse sales and
    "Our decision to partner with Tim Hortons and Cuisine de France was part
of a new Food Strategy that we launched at the end of 2005 which featured
innovative store layouts, new food and beverage offerings and new partnerships
with third-party premium brands such as Tim Hortons. The success of this
strategy is evident from the milestone that we have achieved today with the
roll-out of our 50th joint offering", said Leo Crawford, Chairman, SPAR
    Commenting on behalf of Tim Hortons, Paul House, Chairman and CEO of Tim
Hortons Inc. said: "The rollout of Tim Hortons into SPAR Ireland has been a
great success and we are delighted with the response of Irish consumers to our
coffee and baked goods concept."

    SPAR Ireland Overview
    SPAR Ireland is Ireland's leading convenience food retailer with 440
stores across the Republic of Ireland trading under the SPAR, EUROSPAR and
SPAR express neighbourhood, supermarket and forecourt formats. SPAR had retail
sales of (euro)1 billion in 2006.

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    Tim Hortons Inc. Overview
    Tim Hortons is Canada's largest quick service restaurant chain. Founded
in 1964 as a coffee and donut shop, Tim Hortons has evolved to meet consumer
tastes, with a menu that now includes premium coffee, flavored cappuccinos,
specialty teas, home-style soups, fresh sandwiches and fresh baked goods. As
of December 31, 2006, Tim Hortons system-wide restaurants numbered 2,711 in
Canada and 336 in the United States. More information about the Company is
available at

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