TORONTO — Tim Hortons has officially moved its head office to downtown Toronto’s historic Exchange Tower on King Street West. The modern and innovative 65,000-sq.-ft. space was designed to celebrate Tim Hortons’ Canadian roots.
“We wanted our new head-office design to be a celebration of the brand and coffee culture and a welcoming place that brings people together,” says Alex Macedo, president, Tim Hortons. “We chose the heart of Toronto because it will help attract the next generation of talented Tim Hortons employees and ultimately fuel our growth.”
Designed by Gensler and located on the old TSX trading floor, the two-level open-concept office features collaborative meeting spaces, more than 20 coffee- and tea-brewing stations, a new state-of-the-art test kitchen, a large staff cafe and an outdoor terrace. The office is decorated with imagery of original Tim Hortons coffee shops and of Tim Horton himself.
“The notion of community is evident through spaces such as the generously sized, welcoming reception area, which feels more like a living room than corporate office,” says Macedo. “It is just one of a number of features that makes this space not only feel uniquely Canadian, but uniquely Tims.”
The ultimate Canadian kitchen mirrors a restaurant design. At the heart of the office, this is a truly communal space where employees can share ideas over breakfast, lunch or coffee. Public work zones encourage a collaborative approach through restaurant seating, tables, booths and magnetic whiteboard walls throughout the office, while the town hall and training space can accommodate hundreds at a time for internal events and conferences.