Tim Hortons announces Cumbernauld opening date

December 6, 2019

Canadian café and cake shop chain, Tim Hortons, will be opening the doors to its new drive thru restaurant in Cumbernauld Retail Park next Tuesday (December 10) at noon.

 
There will be an early Christmas present for Tim Hortons fans too, the first 100 customers at the new restaurant will receive a free lunch combo meal to celebrate the opening.

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The lucky, early-bird customers can treat themselves to a Tims Crispy Chicken Sandwich, or any Grilled Wrap, with a portion of potato wedges and a small drink all free of charge.

In addition to this festive treat, the very first person in the queue for the restaurant, and the queue for the drive thru, will receive a VIP card entitling them to two free drinks every day for a year.

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Kevin Hydes, chief commercial officer of the Tim Hortons franchise in the UK, said: “We’re delighted to have secured a fantastic location in Cumbernauld for our new drive thru restaurant.

“We’re very much looking forward to becoming part of the local community and serving their food and drink needs.”

Source: Cumbernauld News

Costa Coffee Announces Appointment of New CEO

November 27, 2019

Costa Coffee announced today that Dominic Paul will step down as CEO of the company effective Nov. 30. He will be succeeded Dec. 2 by Jill McDonald, an experienced business leader who has worked in senior roles across several industries, including retailing and airlines.

 
Paul has led Costa through a strong growth phase, along with the sale of Costa to The Coca-Cola Company, the complex separation from Whitbread and the development of Costa’s new growth strategy.

“Dominic led a significant reshaping of Costa’s international footprint, the expansion of the brand across multiple new platforms and a wide-ranging reset of the core UK business strategy,” said Jennifer Mann, president of Global Ventures for The Coca-Cola Company, parent of Costa.

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McDonald will report to Mann. “I am excited to welcome Jill to the Costa family,” Mann said. “Her track record, depth of international experience and excitement about joining our business makes her an ideal leader to build on the great work of Dominic and the rest of the Costa team.”

Most recently, McDonald was managing director of clothing and home for Marks & Spencer. Prior to being named to that role, she served as CEO of Halfords Group, a UK retailer of bikes, car parts, leisure products and a chain of garages. McDonald worked at Halfords from 2015 to 2017.

She held three roles with McDonald’s Corp. from 2006 to 2015, ultimately serving as UK CEO and division president, North Europe. From 1990 to 2006, McDonald worked for British Airways, ascending through a series of positions of greater responsibility, eventually serving as global head of marketing.

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McDonald started her career as a graduate trainee at Colgate-Palmolive in 1987.

She currently serves on the board of InterContinental Hotels Group. McDonald is a native of the UK and a graduate of the University of Brighton.

“I have long been a fan of Costa and have watched the company grow in the UK and far beyond,” McDonald said. “I look forward to joining the Costa leadership team and building on the great foundation and growth potential in the business.”

Paul will remain with Costa as a special advisor through February 2020, supporting the transition.

About Costa Coffee

Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, Costa Coffee operates over 2,600+ coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,300+ in 31 international markets and are proud to be the UK’s favourite coffee shop, having been awarded “Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland” by Allegra Strategies for nine years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018).

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Making a positive contribution to the communities we are part of is extremely important to us, both here in the UK and across the world. That’s why we established The Costa Foundation, a registered charity with the aim of improving the life chances of children in coffee growing communities by helping them access a safe, quality education. So far, the Costa Foundation has funded over 80 school projects and changed the lives of more than 75,000 children. We also have a UK-wide Community Programme, which enables our teams to volunteer their time to good causes locally and to invite community groups to make use of our welcoming space in store.

In 2011 Costa Coffee purchased Coffee Nation rebranding it to Costa Express. Today, Costa Express operates over 9,000+ coffee bars in nine international markets and proudly serves the same famous Mocha Italia blend found in stores, combined with fresh milk to create a delicious and warming cup of coffee on the go.

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Costa makes fresh investment to boost transaction speed and cut queues

November 18, 2019

A revolutionary kiosk that works to increase transaction speed while simultaneously reducing wait times for customers is being rolled out by Costa Coffee.

 
The solution from EPOS specialist WRS Systems, in conjunction with partners Oxhoo and Datasym, is designed to meet the needs of busy office workers and travellers that want minimum interaction with cashiers.

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The first of the new kiosks has already gone into Costa’s Lewisham branch, with subsequent trial stores in and around London also implementing the new technology.

Currently, there are eight stores in the trial programme, typically with smaller shop fronts such as seen at railway stations and strategic shopping locations.

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WRS Systems has been working with Costa since 2011 when it completed its first installation for franchisee P2M in Cheam, Surrey. Since then it has installed systems across the UK and Ireland to all 947 current franchise estates.

The company now serves as the chain’s sole EPOS provider and supports more than 3,600 terminals across its store network.

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Emma Wilson, business development manager at WRS Systems, said: “Providing innovative, reliable and secure EPOS solutions for our clients is at the heart of all that we do. Oxhoo is our principle hardware partner and for good reason. Like us, they offer cutting edge innovation and a philosophy of collaboration at every stage in POS solution development; from design to service, delivery and support. These are all key requirements for our clients across hospitality and retail, and essential in delivering this revolutionary new kiosk for Costa Coffee.”

By ANDREW SEYMOUR

Source: Foodservice Equipment Journal

40 jobs to be created at Newtownabbey Tim Hortons

October 24, 2019

Tim Hortons, the Canadian coffee chain, has announced it will open a new drive thru restaurant at 261-263 Antrim Road, Glengormley, later this year.

The Glengormley location will be the third Tim Hortons restaurant to open in Northern Ireland and the first outside of Belfast city centre.

 
The two restaurants in Belfast, one in Fountain Street and a 24-hour drive thru at Connswater opened in 2018.

The new restaurant will create 40 jobs, a combination of full-time and part-time opportunities. The roles will be a mix of shift managers, who hold the teams together, motivate everyone and lead by example and team members who will make guests feel welcome and serve the famous coffee and donuts the brand is known for.

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The restaurant is seeking outgoing applicants who are warm, welcoming and caring to join the team ahead of the upcoming opening.

More details can be found on the Tim Hortons UK website.

The Tim Hortons brand was founded by its namesake, a top professional ice hockey player, who wanted to create a space where everyone would feel at home. Fast forward to 2019, more than 5.3 million Canadians – approximately 15 per cent of the population – visit the cafés daily.

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Kevin Hydes, Chief Finance and Commercial Officer of the Tim Hortons franchise in the UK said: “When we opened our two Belfast restaurants last year, we were completely blown away by the excitement and the wonderful welcome from the local community.

“We are now thrilled to be opening our second drive thru site and can’t wait to open our doors.”

By RUSSELL KEERS

Source: Newtownabbey Times

easyCoffee: Looking For A Unique Vending Opportunity? Easy Does It…

October 22, 2019

easyCoffee is looking for an experienced vending operations company to acquire a Master License to roll out easyCoffee branded vending machines across the UK.

 
Founded by easyJet tycoon Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou in 2016, the easyCoffee brand has been licensed by businessman Nathan Lowry. Mr Lowry will continue to develop and expand the easyCoffee retail brand throughout Great Britain and Ireland. He is specific in the qualities he requires of a vending operator.

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‘I imagine that our future vending partners will already be among the country’s Top Ten operators’, he told PV & OCS. ‘It will certainly be a national company; it will have an excellent support network already in place and of course, it will boast a well-managed, successful sales team.

‘We’ve proved the concept of easyCoffee as a vending brand’, Mr Lowry said. ‘We have 150 machines already in situ and the time is right for a specialist company, with experience, expertise and exceptional contacts in the vending industry, to come on board and maximise the potential of the brand by building on the foundations we have created.’

The retail ethos of easyCoffee is based on the assertion that the Great British coffee-drinking public is paying too much for its favourite beverage.

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‘I imagine that our future vending partners will already be among the country’s Top Ten operators’

“The gap in the market is definitely in pricing’, Mr. Lowry said. ‘easyCoffee is a great product; we use the same soluble or fresh milk machines that all the big guys use. We will not compromise on quality to achieve a low selling price: we genuinely feel that people are paying too much for their coffee in the UK and whoever joins with us to develop the vending opportunity will have the benefit of being able to piggy-back on that marketing proposition.’

In the first instance, easyCoffee is seeking expressions of interest from vending companies that match his criteria. ‘easyCoffee is a brand that is experiencing a high level of growth, building on the ‘easy’ promise of quality, affordability and value for money’, Mr. Lowry said.

Source: Planet Vending

Canadian café chain Tim Hortons reveals it will open its biggest UK restaurant in Leicester – and jobs are available

September 26, 2019

We’ve got some great news for coffee and cake fans in Leicester. Canadian café and bake shop chain Tim Hortons has today revealed that it will open its biggest UK restaurant right here.

It will open in the Grade II listed East Gates unit which was most recently occupied by designer clothing shop Cruise.

 
The building has a long history, and originally opened as Eastgates Coffee House in 1885 during the Temperance Movement.

The 6,500 square foot Leicester branch is set to open its doors later this year. It follows the success of the recently opened Birmingham branch.

Spread over three floors, the Leicester restaurant will have more than 150 seats.

As well as the famous donuts, Timbits and range of beverages, customers will be able to enjoy hearty breakfast options, as well as a variety of lunch items such as sandwiches, wraps, paninis and toasties, all fresh and made-to-order using quality ingredients.

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The new restaurant is also bringing employment opportunities to the city, with 40 full and part-time vacancies available.

The Tim Hortons brand was founded in 1964 by its namesake, a top professional ice hockey player, who wanted to create a space where everyone would feel at home.

According to the brand, nearly eight out of 10 cups of coffee sold across Canada are served at Tim Hortons restaurants and more than 5.3 million Canadians – approximately 15 per cent of the population – visit the café daily.

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Kevin Hydes, chief finance and commercial officer of the Tim Hortons franchise in the UK, said:

“We’re delighted to have secured a fantastic location right in the heart of Leicester for our largest restaurant to date. The beautiful and historic building is a true landmark within the city, and we hope will become a favourite destination for the people of Leicester.”

The first Tim Hortons in the UK opened in Glasgow in June 2017, with fans travelling from across the country and queuing overnight to sample the brand’s coffee and baked goods.

There is now a further 21 restaurants, in locations such as Cardiff, Manchester and Belfast.

By Becky Jones

Source: Leicester Mercury

Costa Coffee Opens New Commuter-Focused Concept Stores

September 3, 2019

Rail passengers will now be able to grab their morning coffee on-the go, as the nation’s favourite coffee shop*, Costa Coffee, opens the doors on its first ‘commuter-focused’ concept store in Lewisham, London.

Commuters returning from the Bank Holiday weekend will be welcomed by a new Costa Coffee store located in Lewisham Station in London, re-formatting a space originally used as the station managers office. Lewisham Station is one of eight new mini-format stores that will be opening in some of London’s busiest railway stations over the next six months.

 
Designed with the daily commuter in mind, the new stores will be focussed on delivering a quick and efficient service, whilst not compromising on quality. Both the layout and ordering system has been designed to have customers in and out of the store in just a few minutes.

All the stores are takeaway only and operate contactless payment options – with some of the stores offering self-service ordering screens for those not wishing to queue to order.

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Coffee lovers can also cut down their queuing time by taking advance of Costa Coffee’s mobile ordering service, which is available through the free Costa Coffee club app. Perfect for busy, on-to-go coffee lovers who need to grab their favourite handcrafted coffee without having to queue and can collect loyalty points with every purchase.

Connie Emerson, Head of Global Store Propositions & Design at Costa Coffee said: “As the nation’s favourite coffee shop, we’re committed to putting customer experience at the heart of everything we do. We understand that in today’s busy, fast paced world, our customers want to ensure they can get their Costa Coffee fix, even if they are hurrying to work, so naturally, the next evolution of a store concept had to centre on meeting the needs of busy, on-the-go commuters.

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Our new mini-stores have been designed to offer customers a beautiful barista handcrafted Costa Coffee quickly and conveniently, taking any stress out of grabbing that much needed Costa on the way to work.”

Lewisham Station Costa store opened its doors on Saturday 24 August, with a further eight mini-stores set to open at stations across London within the next six months.

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Whether you are on your out and about on your travels or looking for a relaxing environment to meet a friend for a coffee, you can find your nearest Costa Coffee using our handy store locator: https://www.costa.co.uk/locations/store-locator/

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Coffee Blue Launches First Mobile Cafe Franchise in The Welsh Capital

August 11, 2019

Coffee Blue has launched its first mobile cafe franchise in Cardiff, Wales.

Franchisee, Jeremy Griffiths, will start delivering delicious fresh coffees – along with a wide range of hot and cold snacks – throughout northern areas of Cardiff last month out of one of Coffee Blue’s industry-leading mobile coffee vans.

 
After working outside of Cardiff for the last 12 years, Jeremy says he is looking forward to working for himself and spending more time with his loved ones.

“I wanted to settle down back in Cardiff to spend more time with my family.

“Previously, I had been working 60-70 hours a week, leaving the house at 6am and not getting home until 6/7pm.

“But with Coffee Blue, I am able to set my own terms and have a lot more freedom.”

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Jeremy also says he hopes his customers will feel encouraged to support local traders.

He continued:

“The northern side of Cardiff – Lisvane, Llanishen, Thornhill – there’s a community that will support independent Welsh businesses.

“Most of the products I’m going to be selling will be Welsh, and the coffee itself is great. The message I would send to my future customers is: help support local businesses.”

Coffee Blue was founded in 2017 by parent company Vantastec ltd, a specialist automobile conversion firm based in Ystrad Mynach.

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Alongside Cardiff North, franchisees also operate in areas across the UK, including Wimbledon, Swindon, Harrogate and Neath, with more to be announced.

Coffee Blue allows budding entrepreneurs and coffee lovers an easy path into becoming their own boss.

Through the expertise of a team with years of industry experience, franchisees are given a strong, flexible support network throughout their training.

The company’s Managing Directors, Gareth Edwards and Colin Smith, said Coffee Blue was founded to help people start their own business without being thrown in at the deep end.

They said:

“We’re absolutely delighted to be welcoming on board such an enthusiastic and determined worker as Jeremy.

“He’s shown all the signs throughout his training that he can be successful and the sky is truly the limit for him.

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“We at Coffee Blue are determined to help those looking for a new career path and becoming their own boss through the magic of coffee.

“We have no doubts that Jeremy will be a great addition to the area, and we’re excited to see what the future holds for him.”

Like all Coffee Blue franchisees, Jeremy will also be taking bookings for public and private events.

Coffee Blue vans can be found at weddings, festivals, offices, train stations and more.

By BETH PERRY

Source: Business News Wales

Costa set to open in Handforth

July 19, 2019

The UK’s fastest growing coffee shop chain, Costa Coffee, is set to open its doors in Handforth on 23rd July.

Franchise operators Sim Trava have chosen The Paddock as the location for their 37th outlet, and founder Simon Vardy is delighted to announce the opening.

 
He said: “We have been waiting for the right place here for some time and are delighted to be opening in just a few weeks in this popular village centre.

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“We hope the Costa Coffee will add something very positive to the current Paddock shopping experience and encourage more local people to come and spend time with us and in other shops in the centre.”

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The 1,500 sq ft double-fronted location will join the local network run by Sim Trava – which includes branches in Holmes Chapel and Cheadle.

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Simon added: “We pride ourselves on delivering a high level of personal commitment and service in every Costa to give our customers the best of both worlds – all the benefits of a well-known coffee brand, but provided by local people who really care about it.”

Source: So Chesire

Costa Coffee set to open in Handforth, Cheshire

July 11, 2019

The fastest growing coffee shop in the UK will open its doors in the Paddock, Handforth, Cheshire on July 23rd providing local people with ‘the nation’s favourite’ coffee experience for the first time.

For the family-owned franchise behind the Costa Coffee brand in the North West – Sim Trava – and commercial landlords Orbit Developments, the opening will be the happy culmination of 18 months discussion and planning to find the right size and location for a Costa Coffee in the village.

 
It will be the 37th Costa Coffee outlet for Sim Trava and founder Simon Vardy is delighted to be coming into Handforth with the company’s unique combination of quality coffee and personal service.

He said: “We have been waiting for the right place here for some time and are delighted to be opening in just a few weeks in this popular village centre. We hope the Costa Coffee will add something very positive to the current Paddock shopping experience and encourage more local people to come and spend time with us and in other shops in the centre.”

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Costa Coffees are often to be found in village centres, complementing other businesses and driving more footfall in general. The 1500 sq ft double-fronted location in Handforth will join a local network run by Sim Trava, including Holmes Chapel and Cheadle, where its openings have had a beneficial impact.

A store manager has already been appointed to lead the new team, but Simon is looking for more passionate local people to join them.

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He added: “We pride ourselves on delivering a high level of personal commitment and service in every Costa to give our customers the best of both worlds – all the benefits of a well-known coffee brand, but provided by local people who really care about it. And the right people can build a fantastic career with us – they become part of our family.”

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James Nicholson, Leasing Assistant at Orbit Developments, commented: “We wish Simon and the team every success at the Paddock. It has taken time to find exactly the right location in Handforth to meet the needs of a busy and successful coffee house and we are very glad to have got there and be welcoming them into our community.”

By Sue Souter

Source: BDaily