Tim Hor­tons reaches deal with Leth­bridge fran­chisee

Lethbridge Herald - - ODDS & ENDS -

The par­ent com­pany of Tim Hor­tons says it has reached an agree­ment with the head of an un­sanc­tioned fran­chisee group who had his four restau­rants seized af­ter he al­legedly leaked sen­si­tive cor­po­rate news to the me­dia.

“Both par­ties have agreed that Mr. (David) Hughes has left the Tim Hor­tons busi­ness and an agree­ment was reached that is sat­is­fac­tory to both par­ties,” said Restau­rant Brands In­ter­na­tional Inc. spokes­woman Jane Almeida.

She de­clined to pro­vide fi­nan­cial de­tails, cit­ing a con­fi­den­tial­ity agree­ment.

Hughes couldn’t be im­me­di­ately reached for com­ment.

The agree­ment means Hughes won’t seek a court in­junc­tion to get back the restau­rants back.

As pres­i­dent of the Great White North Fran­chisee As­so­ci­a­tion, Hughes was a thorn in Restau­rant Brand In­ter­na­tional’s side since its in­cep­tion more than a year ago.

How­ever, he had de­nied the com­pany’s al­le­ga­tion that he acted as an anony­mous source and claimed the com­pany was at­tempt­ing to in­tim­i­date fran­chisees.

Almeida has pre­vi­ously said the com­pany’s move had noth­ing to do with Hughes’s po­si­tion with the as­so­ci­a­tion.

The as­so­ci­a­tion con­firmed Thurs­day that Mark Walker has been se­lected to re­place Hughes. The group’s by­laws don’t al­low some­one to re­main pres­i­dent if he owns zero stores.

The four lo­ca­tions in Leth­bridge were put un­der cor­po­rate man­age­ment on Sept. 2 un­til the com­pany se­lected a new fran­chisee to run them.

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