It wasn't that long ago that this popular chain was expanding in Minnesota, but now it has now vanished for good from the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

We routinely see news stories about once-popular stores or restaurants now forced to close their doors for good. But this story about a now-extinct-in-Minnesota restaurant chain is a bit different because its locations left the North Star State before the first strains of the pandemic ever made it to our fair state.

In fact, about four years before any of us had ever heard of the coronavirus, a popular coffee chain based in Canada was expanding about as quickly as those yellow dandelions pop up in a Minnesota lawn in the spring and summer. But less than three years later, they were all gone for good.

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Which chain are we talking about? That would be Tim Hortons, the coffee chain named for the former NHL star who opened a small coffee shop in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada back in 1964. It's since grown to become a massive chain, and was recently ranked fifth on this list of the 15 Best Coffee Shops in America.

Back in 2016, Tim Hortons was expanding across Minnesota, opening locations throughout the Twin Cities and other cities like St. Cloud, Bemidji, Brainerd, International Falls and other locations, according to this KDHL story. In fact, at its peak in 2017, there were 15 Tim Hortons coffee shops in the Bold North, with more rumored to be on the way.

A Tim Hortons location in Bay City, Michigan (Google Street View)
A Tim Hortons location in Bay City, Michigan (Google Street View)
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However, that abruptly changed starting in May of 2019. That's when BringMeTheNews says Tim Hortons locations in the Twin Cities began closing abruptly. Other locations in cities throughout Minnesota would follow suit and by later that year, the chain was essentially extinct here in the Gopher State.

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What happened? Well, according to the Star Tribune, several locations in Minnesota were sued by their parent company for not paying franchise fee payments. Then the group that owned the Minnesota franchises turned around and sued Tim Hortons for price gouging.

While the result of those lawsuits isn't known, we do know there aren't any Tim Hortons operating in Minnesota these days, making the well-known extinct in these parts. The closest Tim Hortons to Minnesota appears to be in Michigan, with other locations in Indiana, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and West Virginia.

And speaking of things that were once popular but are now are gone, keep scrolling to see how many of these breakfast cereals from the 80s and 90s that once graced store shelves across Minnesota you remember!

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Movies and TV shows have always found ways to partner with cereal companies as part of their promotion strategy. While some may have come up with a giveaway in boxes, others went big by having their own cereal connected to the movie or TV show title. Here are vintage cereals that were used to promote some of pop culture's biggest moments (and some you probably forgot about).

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