LOS ANGELES Feb 6 Coffee and doughnut shop Tim
Hortons Inc THI.TO and ice cream shop Cold Stone Creamery
announced plans on Friday to test a combination of their brands
in a total of 100 stores in the United States in a bid to boost
Fifty stores from each brand will be involved in the test,
which will focus on existing restaurants in Michigan, western
New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Maine and Connecticut. Tim Hortons
test shops will add a section that sells Cold Stone ice cream
and Cold Stone stores will add Tim Hortons menu items.
Cold Stone gets most of its traffic and sales in the evening
while Tim Hortons' main business is breakfast and lunch, said
Lee Knowlton, chief operating officer of Kahala Corp, Cold
"We have it covered from breakfast to after-dinner treats,"
Tim Hortons has roughly 3,300 restaurants in Canada and the
Northeast United States. Cold Stone Creamery has more than 1,450
shops in 11 countries.
(Reporting by Lisa Baertlein, editing by Matthew Lewis)