Valentine (restaurant)

Groupe Valentine Inc.
Wholly owned subsidiary
Industry Restaurants
Founded 1979
Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
Founder Jean-Pierre Robin
Headquarters Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
(95 locations)
Key people
Jean-Pierre Robin, President
Products Fast food (including hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries)
Revenue $29 million[1]
Parent MTY Food Group
A Valentine location at an office building in Quebec City.

Valentine is a Canadian chain of over 100 privately owned restaurant franchises operating in the province of Quebec, Canada.

The first restaurant opened in 1979 in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec. A few years later, its founder, Jean-Pierre Robin, opened a second restaurant in Saint-Hyacinthe in order to meet the demand for its "famous hot-dogs". Soon after, Robin's brother, Daniel, joined him, convinced of the potential of the company. The chain's success increases and becomes a turning point: the brothers opt for franchising as the company's mode of functioning for its future restaurants. As time passes, more franchises are bought and restaurants open throughout Quebec.

During the 1990s, the chain underwent a major renewal plan in which the restaurants' design changed along with the company's colours.

In September 2010 it became a subsidiary of MTY Food Group which purchased the brand rights for $9.3 million.[2]


French fries, hot dogs, hamburgers, poutine, club sandwich, hamburger steak, hot chicken sandwich, smoked meat, chicken burger, chicken strips and breakfast items.


In January 2015, a Quebec woman says she lost her fast-food job at Valentin after management publicly humiliated her for speaking English to another employee. [3]

See also


  1. "MTY to Acquire 95-Unit Groupe Valentine". 2010-08-17.
  2. MTY Food Group tightens grip on Quebec with Groupe Valentine purchase August 16, 2010

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