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Signs for a Tim Hortons restaurant, foreground, and a Burger King restaurant are displayed along Peach Street Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Erie, Penn. Burger King struck an $11 billion deal to buy Tim Hortons that would create the world's third largest fast-food company and could make the Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain more of a household name around the world. (AP Photo/Erie Times-News, Christopher Millette)

A Whopper of a Change Not Expected at BK, Tim Hortons



Buffalo, NY (WBEN) As the Tim Hortons/Burger King merger unfolds, some are wondering what changes they can expect to see when they walk into either restaurant.

Mike Lomas of The Financial Guys says don't expect a lot. "Short term, we shouldn't expect anything different," he notes. A brief statement from Tim Hortons says customers can expect operations to be business as usual. "Long term, I think Burger King is trying to get a bigger footprint in Canada, Tim Hortons is everywhere in Canada," says Lomas.

Lomas says you could anticipate Tim Hortons and Burger King restaurants very close to each other. "You might see a Tim Hortons right next to a Burger King. As they build out, don't be surprised if they're side by side," predicts Lomas. Wendy's and Tim Hortons restaurants were together when those two companies were together in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

But don't expect the two menus to mix. "I would be shocked if you were to go to a Tim Hortons and buy a Whopper. Specifically, the reason they're merging is they have two separate strengths and those strenghts will be more valuable if they keep the nature of what they have intact," observes Lomas.


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