Netizens react to Canadian coffee shop Tim Hortons' record-breaking sales in Pakistan

11:35 PM | 12 Feb, 2023
Netizens react to Canadian coffee shop Tim Hortons' record-breaking sales in Pakistan
Source: Tim Hortons Pakistan (Instagram)

Although Pakistan's alarming situation around inflation, rumours of default, and economic recession are troubling the general public, there are some who are busy buying coffee and breaking records, literally.

The South Asian nation managed to smash a global record for a popular Canadian coffee shop, Tim Hortons', with the highest opening sales in the history of the brand that opened in 1964. Not only in the brand's history but with 5352 outlets all around the world, the Pakistani franchise left behind everyone. 

For the unversed, the iconic coffee shop opened its first and flagship outlet in Phase 6, DHA Lahore, on Saturday. This was part of an exclusive agreement with Blue Foods (Private) Limited. Lucky for the company and the brand, the sales on the first day made a roaring record.

With Tim Hortons' signature beverages, French Vanilla and Iced Capps, baked goods with mouth-watering donuts known as 'Timbits,' sandwiches, and wraps now available to Pakistanis, the chances of a record-breaking sale were quite high. 

Though international franchises are highly appreciated by the people, it was the never-ending queue to the coveted coffee shop that broke the internet. While people are genuinely concerned about the priorities of Pakistanis, others are churning out sarcastic responses regarding the situation. From the entertainment fraternity to the general public, everyone is panicking. 

The Mere Humsafar famed actor Farhan Saeed also jumped in to express his concern and tweeted, "There are 2 Pakistan(s), one that are in queue of utility stores for aata & ghee, & the other is at #TimHortons. It scares me, that there is nothing in the middle scares me."  

"Actual two nations theory! Economic crises? For whom? 1st 2 pictures are of Candian cafe Tim Hortons opening in DHA lahore. Long queue of ruling oligarchy kins for coffee," a user tweeted.

One user thanked and paid "Huge respect" to Tim Hortons "for giving away free ration bags to the needy families in Lahore." 

The Diyar-e-Dil star Mariyam Nafees Amaan also tweeted, "Socho Starbucks aagya tou kya hoga! [Imagine what would happen if Starbucks is launched (in Pakistan)]'' 

A social media user asked, "New record of sale on first day Tim Hortons in Lahore Pakistan, we are really at default Risk?"

Another concerned Twitter user wrote, "A country where people spend over 1000 billion rupees every year on weddings, some people are worried about the record breaking sales of Tim Hortons."  

A user chimed in to clarify the situation stating, "Lines at Tim Horton doesn't prove Pakistan is thriving, inflation is exaggerated and Pakistanis have money; it means the income disparity in Pakistan is insane. The elite keep getting richer while the masses suffer. Most struggle to afford food as 80 lakh civics are sold out."

"A country where people spend over 1000 billion rupees every year on weddings, some people are worried about the record breaking sales of Tim Hortons," tweeted another.

Tim Hortons' second and third stores will open on the 18th and 25th of February, in Gulberg, Lahore, respectively.

Currently, there are more than 5,100 Tim Hortons locations spread across 13 nations, including the United States, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, China, Thailand, and the Philippines.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 10 Dec 2023

Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against the US dollar, and other currencies in the open market on Sunday.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 283.4 for buying and 285.95 for selling.

Euro comes down to 307 for buying and 310 for selling. British Pound rate remains unchanged at 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED witnessed slight drop and new rate stands at 77.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal remained stable at 76.

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 283.4 285.95
Euro EUR 307 310
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 362
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.2 78
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.8
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 755.82 763.82
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.82 40.22
Danish Krone DKK 41.14 41.54
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.37 36.72
Indian Rupee INR 3.41 3.52
Japanese Yen JPY 1.39 1.45
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 922.14 931.14
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.82 61.42
New Zealand Dollar NZD 175.33 177.33
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.12 26.42
Omani Riyal OMR 738.71 741.76
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 78.07 78.77
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 27.32 27.62
Swiss Franc CHF 324.5 327
Thai Bhat THB 8.08 8.23

Gold price drops in Pakistan; Check out today gold rates here

Gold prices decreased in local markets in line with the trend in the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 10 December 2023

On Sunday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs216,300, and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs185,450.

Single tola of 22 Karat Gold price costs Rs198,274, 21 karat rate per tola costs Rs189,263 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,225 for each tola.

In the global market, gold prices hovers around $2,004 per ounce, after drop of $23.35 on Sunday.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Karachi PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Islamabad PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Peshawar PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Quetta PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Sialkot PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Attock PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Gujranwala PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Jehlum PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Multan PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Bahawalpur PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Gujrat PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Nawabshah PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Chakwal PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Hyderabad PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Nowshehra PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Sargodha PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Faisalabad PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Mirpur PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486


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