If you're planning on visiting Saskatoon and are worried about getting your Tim Hortons fix, don't be. Saskatoon currently has 21 different Hortons outlets. And we'll soon have a symetrical number of them, as a new downtown location will open early next year on 22nd Street. Non-Saskatoon readers may be surprised to learn that this will be the first Hortons outlet downtown. For whatever reason no one set one up in the city centre until now, the closest being the outlet on 33rd Street just across from Kelsey Institute. And there are also rumours that if the city ever gets around to building a new 23td Street bus mall it may contain a Hortons kiosk.
Given our population this works out to roughly one Hortons store per 10,000 people. And if you go to some outlets at certain times of the day it seems like every one of that 10,000 will soon pass through the doors.
As for the donut competition? There are still 5 Robin's Donuts outlets, the chain that previously dominated the Saskatoon market before Hortons moved in. Country Style once had a presense here but it is long gone. There was no indication that Krispy Creme ever planned to set up shop here during their ultimately disastrous attempt to enter the Canadian market. Dunkin' Donuts have no stores here.
Given the number of food posts I've written of late perhaps this blog should have a temporary "Reading this may make you hungry" warning.