The Americas

Canadian icon Tim Hortons is expanding into Mexico

  • FILE - In this July 13, 2009 file photo, people walk past a Tim Hortons, in Brooklyn, New York. The Canadian chain is expanding into Mexico, making it the company's first Latin American market. Restaurant Brands International Inc. said Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, it has teamed up with a group of investors in Mexico to form a joint venture and open branches of the coffee, bakery and sandwich chain. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    FILE - In this July 13, 2009 file photo, people walk past a Tim Hortons, in Brooklyn, New York. The Canadian chain is expanding into Mexico, making it the company's first Latin American market. Restaurant Brands International Inc. said Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, it has teamed up with a group of investors in Mexico to form a joint venture and open branches of the coffee, bakery and sandwich chain. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this July 22, 2009 file photo, Tim Hortons' doughnuts are lined up in a box in New York. The Canadian chain is expanding into Mexico, making it the company's first Latin American market. Restaurant Brands International Inc. said Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, it has teamed up with a group of investors in Mexico to form a joint venture and open branches of the coffee, bakery and sandwich chain. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

    FILE - In this July 22, 2009 file photo, Tim Hortons' doughnuts are lined up in a box in New York. The Canadian chain is expanding into Mexico, making it the company's first Latin American market. Restaurant Brands International Inc. said Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, it has teamed up with a group of investors in Mexico to form a joint venture and open branches of the coffee, bakery and sandwich chain. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)  (The Associated Press)

North American free trade might be under threat, but Mexicans will soon import a big taste of Canada.

Tim Hortons is expanding into Mexico, making it the company's first Latin American market. Restaurant Brands International Inc. said Friday it has teamed up with a group of investors in Mexico to form a joint venture and open branches of the coffee, bakery and sandwich chain.

Few things unite Canadians the way Tim Hortons does. For half a century, they have warmed themselves on chilly mornings with the chain's coffee and Timbits — or doughnut holes to Americans.

Tim Hortons is found in just about every small town and large city across Canada, and hockey-mad Canadians often head to their local Timmy's before or after their kids' games.