REVIEWER: Jose Gomez, associate chief engineer/database administrator for Wendy's International.

BACKGROUND: Wendy's International, Inc. is one of the world's largest restaurant operating and franchising companies, with $8.3 billion in 2001 system-wide sales, more than 8,200 restaurants and two quality brands ­ Wendy's and Tim Hortons. Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers was founded in 1969 by Dave Thomas and is the third-largest quick- service hamburger chain in the world with 6,064 restaurants in the United States, Canada and international markets. Tim Hortons was founded in 1964 by Tim Horton and Ron Joyce and is the largest coffee and fresh baked goods chain in Canada. There are 2,042 Tim Hortons restaurants in Canada and 143 in the U.S.

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