Growing up, it is hard to believe there was a time when Robins Donuts was more popular than Tim Horton’s. In Saskatoon, there was some sort of gentleman’s agreement between the franchisees that Tim’s wouldn’t build right near a Robbins and vice versa. I suppose I was 10 years old at the time; there is a solid chance I made that up.
At some point in the early 1990s, Tim Horton’s opened a location on 22nd Ave right across the street from Robins. It was on like Donkey Kong!! Robins quickly retaliated by opening a location near a Tim’s on 8th Street. Long story short, Tim Horton’s exploded right across Canada including a decisive win in Saskatoon. While Robins still exists today with a small loyal following, Tim Horton’s has marketed themselves into some sort of national treasure. Continue reading