Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons has confirmed UK expansion plans with four new coffee shop restaurants opening before the end of 2019. The current estate of twenty-one restaurants, will see a further three drive-through and one high-street location open by the end of 2019.
Drive-through restaurants will shortly make up over one fifth of the company’s locations and represents a fast-growing part of the business. The format has proved continuously successful throughout the U.K. and allows increased access for customers to enjoy throughout the day.
A new restaurant in Leicester city centre will also be opening by the end of the year. The location will be the largest in the U.K. with over 150 seats.
Also, looking to make the brand more accessible to customers, Tim Hortons will be trialing delivery services in more than half of its restaurants with two service providers.
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.