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