Tim Hortons to open drive-thru restaurant in Sheffield

March 22, 2021

Canadian restaurant brand Tim Hortons is continuing with its UK expansion plans with the opening of its first drive-thru restaurant in Yorkshire.

Opening in Sheffield this summer, the new restaurant will be located at Crystal Peaks Village Retail Park and will be able to seat 118 covers. As well as having a drive-thru it will also offer delivery options for the local area following the launch. 

The move is part of Tim Hortons’ ambitious plans to create more than 2,000 jobs in England and open a restaurant in every major English town and city by 2022.

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The restaurant brand was founded in 1964 by Canadian Ice Hockey player Tim Horton and is known for its coffee and donuts as well as bite-sized donuts called Timbits.  Other options include hot sandwiches and wraps.

“As we continue our expansion across the UK, we knew it was only a matter of time before we found the perfect location to bring our first Tim Hortons drive-thru to Yorkshire,” says Kevin Hydes, chief commercial officer of Tim Hortons franchise in the UK.

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“We’ve had huge demand to bring the brand to Sheffield and it really excites us to be launching in a city famed for its Ice Hockey and presence within the Elite League.”

Tim Hortons is one of the largest restaurant chains in North America with more than more than 4,700 sites located in Canada, theUS, and around the world. It launched in the UK in June 2017 with a debut restaurant in Glasgow and now operates 27 venues in the UK, including its flagship in Leicester city centre

Source: Big Hospitality

Tim Hortons set to open branch at former Chester Pizza Hut restaurant

February 10, 2021

A CANADIAN coffee and fast food chain, Tim Hortons, is heading to Chester.

Tim Hortons is set to open a restaurant and drive-thru at the former Pizza Hut unit on Chester Retail Park.

Plans to build a drive-thru facility at the site were given the green light in November last year – just days before Pizza Hut closed its doors for good.

Now an application for advertisement consent has been lodged with Cheshire West and Chester Council revealing that Tim Hortons is to occupy the vacant unit.

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The Toronto-based firm, which is well-known for its range of coffee and doughnuts, began opening stores in the UK in 2017 in locations such as Cardiff, Glasgow and London.

The franchise recently lodged plans to open a branch at Broughton Shopping Park.

The application for advertisement consent, put forward on behalf of Tim Hortons, states: “Pizza Hut have closed this restaurant and it is currently vacant.

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“Tim Hortons propose to occupy the unit for the sale of hot drinks and food via a drive thru operation, as well as within the restaurant itself.

“The letting of this unit to Tim Hortons will ensure the vacant unit can be brought back into beneficial use as soon as possible and the drive thru facility already approved will also assist with any continuity of trade during these uncertain times of hospitality restrictions and shut downs.”

By Gary Porter

Source: Chester Standard

Tim Hortons’ UK expansion to create 2,000 jobs

October 9, 2020

Canadian fast food chain Tim Hortons is planning a major expansion in the UK, hoping to capitalise on increased demand for drive-through dining.

The move comes despite the recent collapse in sales at the chain due to the coronavirus crisis.

The firm told the Telegraph it hopes to open an outlet in “every major city and town” over the next two years.

The growth could create around 2,000 new jobs, it said.

Tim Hortons, which is known for its coffee and donuts, opened its first UK location in 2017 and now has 23 locations.

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The brand is owned by fast food giant Restaurant Brands International (RBI), which also owns Burger King and Popeye’s Chicken. Together, the company has more than 27,000 restaurants globally, which it operates through a franchise model.

The firm has been pushing to expand that footprint, especially outside the US and Canada. In August, chief executive Jose Cil said the firm remained focused on that goal, despite the upheaval caused by the pandemic.

“We cannot predict exactly when the dust will settle, but we’re confident that we will be well positioned to capitalise on opportunities for growth as we emerge from the crisis and continue toward the 40,000 restaurant goal we talked about last year,” chief executive Jose Cil told investors.

Sales collapse

Sales at RBI dropped more than 20% in the three months to July, as lockdown forced many locations to close or restrict their offerings.

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At Tim Hortons, which has more than 4,900 locations globally, sales fell more than 30%.

Mr Gil said the firm expected to end 2020 with roughly the same number of restaurants as the year before, despite unusually high numbers of closures.

In June, Burger King’s UK boss warned it might have to close up to 10% of its restaurants.

Tim Horton’s had just 937 locations outside of Canada as of June, including 23 in the UK.

The first new UK location is planned for Milton Keynes, according to the Telegraph.

Source: BBC

World-famous Tim Hortons coffee and donut chain plans new Co Armagh drive-thru

January 4, 2020

World-famous coffee and donut chain Tim Hortons has set its sights on opening a new drive-thru in Portadown, Armagh I can exclusively reveal.

The development – which would create 10 new jobs if approved – has been earmarked for a site across from the Meadows Shopping Centre, adjacent to the Meadows Retail Park.

The SK Group – the parent company for the Canadian brand within the UK – has submitted proposals to Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.

The company argues it would be a major boost to the general locale, where the McDonalds restaurant was renovated just over a year ago, and the addition of The Range to the Meadows shopping centre itself has helped to provide a new lease of life in the area.

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Now Northern Ireland’s fourth opening under the Tim Hortons franchise – and the first outside the greater Belfast area – could shortly become a reality if planners serve up approval.

And according to a submission accompanying planning papers, the chain hopes to open around 25 more units across Northern Ireland within the next two years.

Tim Hortons – named after the Canadian hockey legend – is renowned worldwide for its coffee, freshly baked goods – including an extensive range of home-made donuts – sandwiches, wraps and other such fayre.

The plan in Portadown is for a drive-thru café.

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The 2,400 sq ft cafe would be boosted with the inclusion of an outdoor seating area and in excess of 60 car parking spaces.

The application also includes a height limiter, order point kiosk, landscaping, access, parking provision, together with lighting and ancillary site works.

The site – an existing car park – is bounded to the east by Meadow Lane and to the north by Sandy Row.

According to papers submitted with the proposals, 10 jobs would be created, with hundreds of customers expected on a daily basis.

Pre-application discussions have already taken place with planners when, according to a supporting statement, the “principle of development was agreed”.

According to the statement: “The proposal seeks to confirm and add to the lively and attractive environment of the primary retail core by creating a choice of food outlets for customers.

“As Tim Horton’s are a successful global chain and are a recent addition to Northern Ireland, the drive-thru coffee shop will attract and encourage visitors to the area.”

It says it will offer a service “similar in nature to the adjacent McDonalds” and will “complement the established retail uses within Meadows Retail Park to the south and Meadows Shopping Centre to the east of the site”.

To date, one objection has been received from Playtime NI Ltd, trading as Peter Pan’s Neverland, within the Meadows Retail Park. It raises issues with potential congestion and car parking, saying it would reduce the “legitimate car parking on the site to an unacceptable level”.

It also argues that it would result in an “overhang at the entrance” and “increase the hazards to both pedestrians and road users” at what it says is an “already busy junction”. It suggests alternative sites at the Lidl on the Armagh Road and at the Marlborough Retail Park.

The detailed submission will now be considered by planners during the determining process.

Tim Horton’s opened its first outlet in the Canadian province of Ontario back in 1964. Twenty years later it opened in the United States and today the brand now employs thousands of workers in over 2,000 outlets.

It is only two years since the iconic brand arrived in the UK with a slow and gradual process leading to a handful of openings. Tim Horton’s now has three in Northern Ireland – in Belfast City Centre, Connswater and Glengormley, with another approved for Coleraine – and this newest earmarked for Portadown.

The application will now be considered by ABC Council and will be publicly advertised this week, with a decision expected within the next few months.

By Micheal McKenna

Source: Armaghi

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

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.”


Source: Newtownabbey Times

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

Tim Hortons reaches agreement to launch in Thailand

June 10, 2019

Tim Hortons is going to Thailand.

The coffee chain announced on Thursday that it has reached an exclusive master franchise and development agreement with WeEat Company aimed at launching Tim Hortons locations in Thailand.

“We are very excited to grow the Tim brand in Thailand as part of our broader global growth strategy,” president Alex Macedo said in a statement.

“Thailand has a thriving coffee market ad our partner has a deep understanding of the Thai market, which we believe will position us well for success in the country.”

Tim Hortons did not disclose how many restaurants it will open in Thailand, or when. WeEat Company is owned part of the Wattanavekin family group of companies, according to Tim Hortons. The Wattanavekin family is listed as the 43rd richest in Thailand based on a net worth of $670 million.

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The announcement comes shortly after Tim Hortons’ parent company Restaurant Brands International Inc. unveiled ambitious growth plants to expand to more than 40,000 restaurants globally over the next eight to ten years.

RBI, which also owns the Burger King and Popeyes chains, currently has 26,000 restaurants worldwide. The expansion would make it one of the largest restaurant companies in the world.

Tim Hortons opened its first restaurant in China in February. The location in People’s Square in Shanghai is part of a broader expansion that aims to open 1,500 restaurants across China over the next 10 years.

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The new location includes food and beverage items unique to that market, such as salted egg yolk Timbits, and others that play to the Canadiana of the Tim Hortons brand, including a range of maple drinks and Montreal style beef sandwiches.

Tim Hortons said it believes it can replicate the recent successes in other international markets “by featuring a strong hot and cold beverage platform, a localized food menu and prominent Canadian branding in the restaurant design to celebrate the brand’s Canadian heritage.”

By Alicja Siekierska

Source: Yahoo

Franchisee gets funding for more Tim Hortons sites

December 20, 2018

A franchise company has secured funding to open three drive-through Tim Hortons sites in Scotland.

Pizza Cake, which also operates Domino’s Pizza franchises, opened its first Tim Hortons site on Friday (14 December) in Stenhousemuir, as previously reported  by British Baker.

The franchise company, owned by Graeme and Lisa Tobias, plans to open two more Tim Hortons sites in 2019 after securing funding from HSBC. Some of the funds will be used to support the growth of Pizza Cake’s Domino’s franchise operation, which currently comprises 15 sites.

Founded by its namesake, ice hockey player Tim Horton, in Canada in 1964, the café chain now has around 4,700 sites in Canada, the US, and around the world. Tim Hortons opened its first UK site in June 2017, and has since launched further sites in and around Glasgow, Cardiff, Belfast and Manchester. It offers a menu including its signature coffee and Timbits bite-sized doughnuts.

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“Tim Hortons has a fantastic reputation for providing great coffee and quality quick service food so we’re really excited to be the business’s first UK franchisee,” said Graeme Tobias, adding Pizza Cake selected HSBC because of its track-record in funding franchise operators.

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HSBC said it was keen to support strong franchise businesses.

“Graeme and Lisa run a successful franchise business in Scotland and Northern Ireland and are quick to act on opportunities for growth,” explained Grant Bett, relationship director at HSBC UK in Scotland.

“We have a lot of expertise in providing funding packages that work for franchise growth and expansion plans. We look forward to seeing Pizza Cake bring new Tim Hortons and Domino’s locations to Scotland over the next year.”

Source: British Baker

Tim Hortons expansion to provide jobs boost for Scotland

December 17, 2018

THREE new drive-through restaurants are to be established in Scotland after Tim Hortons franchise company, Pizza Cake, secured a multi-million pound funding package from HSBC UK.