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Timmy's leaves Kandahar on the double-double

Half a million iced capps later, Tim Hortons follows troops out of Afghanistan.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

It was a taste of home for soldiers who are now on the way home, so the Timmy's shop in Kandahar is closing.

The Canadian Press has the story:

OAKVILLE, Ont.  As the last Canadian troops disappear from Kandahar, Afghanistan, so too will the much-loved double-double.

Tim Hortons says it will close its outlet at the Canadian Forces operations base at the end of this month, as most of Canada's troops will be gone.

Tims says it has served four million cups of coffee, three million donuts and half a million iced cappuccinos and bagels since opening at the base on Canada Day in 2006.

The Kandahar Tims became a popular hangout not only for Canadian troops but also for visitors to the base and soldiers from other countries.

"It has been an absolute privilege and honour for Tim Hortons to be associated with the military and bring a little taste of home to the brave Canadian soldiers serving overseas,'' said Paul House, the company's president and CEO.

"We are flattered that so many troops from different nations also made Tim Hortons a part of their everyday routine.''

Canada's combat mission in Afghanistan wrapped up in July after almost a decade. The military expects to be completely out of Kandahar Airfield by mid-December.

The outlet there was operated by the Canadian Forces Personnel and Family Support Services and proceeds went to programs helping military personnel and their families.

The company said more than 230 people went to Kandahar to work at the base outlet, serving thousands of Canadian soldiers who were deployed over the five-year period.

For this location, the company waived the usual fees and operating costs associated with running a franchise.

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