Tim Horton would’ve celebrated his 90th birthday this week. Before he hit it big in the coffee and donut game, Horton took his business plan down an entirely different avenue.
The Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman opened a car lot on Yonge St. in the heart of Toronto – a Studebaker dealership. Studebaker went out of business in March of 1966 – about year before the Leafs got out of the business of winning Stanley Cups.
Here’s Tim telling everyone via newspaper ad that the 1962 Studebaker Lark is stingier on gas that Johnny Bower was at giving up goals.
Fortunately for Horton, his donut shops blossomed and eventually grew to become a staple of the country. Generations later, the guy who won four Stanley Cups skating on the Leafs’ blueline is even more iconic for honey crullers and double doubles.