TORONTO - Double-double addicts will soon have another reason to stop into one of the thousands of Tim Hortons (TSX:THI) outlets across the country.
The coffee-and-doughnut chain announced Thursday that it is working to roll out free wireless Internet to more than 2,000 locations.
It expects 90 per cent of its so-called "traditional" outlets across Canada will offer free Wi-Fi by September.
The plan does not include its non-traditional outlets, including kiosks, gas stations and hospital locations.
The service is being provided through a partnership with Bell.
Tim Hortons joins other chains such as McDonald's, Second Cup (TSX:SCU.UN) and Starbucks that already offer free Wi-Fi access at many of its locations.
24 Oz. Cup
Tim Hortons' <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/01/16/tim-hortons-releases-larger-cup-coffee_n_1208677.html" target="_hplink">extra-large 24 oz. cup of coffee</a> might be enough for the amateur coffee drinkers, but we're holding our breath until they roll out a keg. <em>Photo credit: Tim Hortons Inc. </em>
Tim Hortons went head-to-head with Starbucks for coffee market domination when it started <a href="http://www.thestar.com/business/article/1079694--tim-hortons-to-offer-real-espresso-at-2-a-cup" target="_hplink">serving up espresso-based coffees</a>, including lattes, mocha lattes and cappuccinos for around $2 or less. <a href="http://www.torontolife.com/daily/daily-dish/caffeine-high/2011/11/16/tim-hortons-espresso-stuart-ross/" target="_hplink">How do they taste</a>? Well, they cost $2. <em>Photo credit: Tim Hortons Inc. </em>
"Would you like some lasagna with your coffee?" we <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2011/10/17/tim-hortons-lasagna_n_1016236.html" target="_hplink">asked</a> back in October. Overwhelmingly, the answer was "No," followed by "ewwww." <em>Photo credit: Lisa Yeung</em>
Real Fruit Smoothies
The health craze is lost on some of us, and according to <a href="http://www2.macleans.ca/2011/05/02/smoothie-operator/" target="_hplink">many</a> <a href="http://www.avivaallen.com/General/tim-hortons-real-fruit-smoothies-buyer-beware.html" target="_hplink">many reviews</a>, Tim Hortons didn't quite get it right either when it introduced its Real Fruit Smoothies.
Double Double Ice Cream
"I'll take two creams and two sugars. And hurry, before it melts!" Timmies teamed up with Cold Stone Creamery to concoct the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2011/08/30/tim-hortons-double-double_n_941875.html" target="_hplink">Double Double ice cream flavour</a> back in August, effectively combining one addiction with another.