The new Tim Hortons museum that commemorates the chain's remarkable 50 year history will host a grand opening party on Wednesday at the Ottawa Street location in Hamilton where it all started.

Original Tim Hortons store

Coffee and donut lovers are invited to the original store from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate with free coffee served in retro cups, and 1,500 throwback donuts being served to the public and to take a tour of the attached museum.

The celebrations include a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring Tim Horton's daughter, Teri Horton-Joyce and Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger.

Players from the Hamilton Tiger Cats will also be at the store signing autographs, says Tim Hortons manager Kevin Kisil.

'We've always been very proud that Tim Hortons started here in Hamilton' - Susan Monarch, Manager Tourism and Creative Industries, City of Hamilton

The original store, located on the corner of Ottawa Street North and Dunsmure Road, has been renovated to include the museum featuring a collection of memorabilia from the chain’s 50-year history.

Over the last half-century Tim Hortons has grown from the original Ottawa Street store to become the dominant coffee chain in Canada, with over 4,000 outlets.

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Susan Monarch, Manager of Tourism and Creative Industries at the City of Hamilton’s Tourism and Culture Division, says the new store is a major draw and tourist attraction to local people and visitors.

“We’ve always been very proud that Tim Hortons started here in Hamilton,” said  Monarch.

"We’re excited about the store and museum and looking forward to letting people know about it.”