'I slept at the store' - Teen queues for 14 hours as Tim Hortons opens

Tim Hortons opens in Ipswich and there were large queues on January 20.

Thomas Garrard, 17, won free coffee for a year as part of Tim Hortons opening day in Ipswich. He queued for 14 hours in a sleeping bag. - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

A 17-year-old camped out overnight in his sleeping bag to ensure he'd be the front of the queue for the opening of a new fast food restaurant. 

Hundreds of people descended on Tim Hortons new Ipswich restaurant this morning to get a free breakfast and to be in with a chance of winning a year's supply of free coffee.

However, only two people could win the years supply of free coffee — one for the drive-through and one for the restaurant.

The restaurant's winner was 17 year old Thomas Garrard, who camped in front of the restaurant for 14 hours. 

People turned out at the crack of dawn for the grand opening of Tim Horton's. Winner of a year's wor

Prize winner Thomas Garrard from Stowmarket waited 14 hours to win a years supply of free coffee - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

He said "I arrived here at about 5pm yesterday, slept at the store, waited woke up. I had a sleeping bag and it was a nice clear night, not too cold."

"I'm really happy, it means my time hasn't gone to waste, it's definitely worth it, it's free coffee for a whole year!"

Freddie Green waited for 14 hours in the drive-thru to win his years supply of free coffee

Freddie Green waited for 14 hours in the drive-thru to win his years supply of free coffee - Credit: Timothy Bradford

Freddie Green, who waited in the drive through for a similar amount of time said: "I've been planning it for about a week, we saw it on the Ipswich Star to start with, and I thought, 'oh, I'm not doing anything, I'll come down, what's the worst that can happen?'"

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"I arrived at five in the afternoon yesterday, and I was a little surprised I was the first."

People turned out at the crack of dawn for the grand opening of Tim Horton's. Picture: Sarah Lucy B

People queued in the cold to get their first taste of Tim Hortons - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

"I thought it was going to be a bit more busy, A couple of people saw us there and thought "we'll go stay in a warm bed tonight rather than sleeping in a car".

The queues for both the drive-thru and the restaurant stretched around the block, with dozens of cars and dedicated fans complete with Tim Hortons socks queuing to get their first taste of the Canadian chain. 

Read our first thoughts about the restaurant here