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Wed, 31 Oct 2012 09:45:00 GMT | By Jason Buckland, MSN Money
Iconic Canadian brands that jumped the border

Tim Hortons

Franchise sign at a Tim Hortons fast food restaurant in Calgary, Alta. (© Larry MacDougal/The Canadian Press Images)
  • Molson, Eaton's and Tim Hortons. (© Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)
  • Labatt London brewery sign. (© Stephen C. Host/Canadian Press Images)
  • An Imperial Oil company annual meeting in Calgary, Alta., May 2, 2012. (© Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)
  • Franchise sign at a Tim Hortons fast food restaurant in Calgary, Alta. (© Larry MacDougal/The Canadian Press Images)
  • The Toronto Maple Leaf hockey team practices at Maple leaf Gardens. (© Mathieu Schneider photo by Edward Regan/Globe and Mail)
  • Customers stand in front of the flagship Eaton's store at the Eaton Centre in downtown Toronto. (© CP Photo)
  • Photos of Simpson Tower (Hudson's Bay Company) at Queen and Bay Streets in Toronto. (© Tibor Kolley)
  • A can of Molson Canadian is seen in front of the can line at the Molson Breweries in Vancouver, B.C. (© Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)
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Tim Hortons

Unbeknownst to many Canadians, our country’s most sacred brand was under American control for nearly 15 years. In 1995, Tim Hortons was bought up by Wendy’s, the U.S. burger chain that reportedly dropped $400 million for the Canadian donut giant.

After the 2002 death of Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy’s, Tim’s was spun off into its own American entity in 2006. Despite most of the company’s operations taking place in Canada, the famous double-double franchise remained headquartered in Delaware until 2009, when corporate ownership was shifted back north of the border.

* Video: How Tim Hortons tests its coffee

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