Tim Hortons awards its first UK franchise to Scots couple

November 13, 2018

Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons has awarded its first UK franchise to a couple who will open their first drive-thru in Stenhousemuir.

Graeme and Lisa Tobias will become the first partners to operate the branch in the Falkirk town by the end of the year.

It is set to be the first of a number of Tim Hortons drive-thrus run by the couple in Scotland.

The move comes nearly 18 months after Tim Hortons opened its first UK restaurant in Argyle Street, Glasgow, to lengthy queues.

Kevin Hydes, chief finance and commercial officer of the Tim Hortons franchise in the UK, said: “When we opened our first restaurant in Glasgow last year we were blown away by the excitement for the brand.

“We’ve seen great demand from many businesses interested in becoming franchise partners. Graeme and Lisa are experienced, successful operators and we believe they will deliver the Tim Hortons brand in Stenhousemuir and other locations in the future to excellent effect.

“We’re really looking forward to growing the business together.”

Graeme Tobias said: “We have initial plans to open a cluster of sites in the next 12 months and work with the UK team for many years to come.”

Source: Insider

Coffee chain hopes to open first Scottish store in Dundee

September 21, 2018

Plans have been submitted to Dundee City Council to convert the former Vodafone shop on Murraygate into a cafe.

Newcastle-based coffee franchising company Mangobean hopes to refurbish the former mobile phone shop to provide a new cafe – its first in Scotland.

The firm is applying to the council for a change of use from a shop to a restaurant.

If given the go ahead it would open right next door to Caffe Nero.

A spokesman for Mangobean said: “We plan a refurbishment of the interior with a new fit-out including partition walls and equipment needed for the cafe.”

Mangobean formed more than 10 years ago and has ambitions to become the fourth-largest coffee chain in the UK.

It has gone from selling coffee beans and equipment to now opening 12 stores on a franchise basis.

A spokesman said: “To become the fourth-largest coffee chain in the UK we’re looking for development agents, what we call master franchises, and franchise partners to open 50 stores throughout the UK over the next 10 years.”

Mangobean has stores throughout England, including in Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool and Darlington.

Vodafone closed its Murraygate store last year to focus on its branch in the Overgate Centre.

If plans are approved, the cafe would join other eateries opening up on the Murraygate.

KFC is preparing to move to Murraygate after closing its outlet on High Street.

Source: Evening Telegraph

Second Cup franchisee opens with HSBC funding

June 11, 2018

Second Cup, a speciality coffee chain from Canada, has opened its first café in Southampton, Hampshire. The franchisee, Navid Hamid, has launched the café after securing a start-up finance package from HSBC.

Hamid who trades as Jaan Capital Partners Ltd, has created 18 new jobs for the local community in the new 75-seat café, which includes managerial staff and baristas.

Second Cup offers a host of hot and cold drinks, as well as a variety of sandwiches and pastries. The company says it uses unique brewing equipment to prepare fresh and custom-made coffee, using sustainably sourced coffee beans from some of the most socially and environmentally conscious farms around the globe.

Hamid commented: “Launching my first store has been an incredible experience and Peter Verbinnen, my HSBC relationship manager, has made the start-up process incredibly smooth.

“The Second Cup brand is unique and I can’t wait to offer up our delicious coffees, teas and unique beverages to the Southampton community.”

Banker’s comments
Jane Fancy, HSBC’s area director for Hampshire and Dorset, said: “Second Cup is passionate about high-quality, responsibly-sourced coffee and organic teas so we were delighted to help Navid bring such a fantastic brand to Southampton for the first time.

“HSBC has extensive franchise experience so we were able to help Navid get off to a flying start and look forward to supporting him as he looks to grow the franchise.”

Second Cup started retailing coffee in Toronto, Canada, in 1975 and has since expanded globally across 33 countries with over 300 cafés. The company currently has nine branches in the UK.

Source: Franchise World