Tim Hortons doubles UK drive-thru estate in a year
Tim Hortons will reach a milestone of 50 drive-thru restaurants in the UK when it opens a new Watford site on 28 November.
This means the cult Canandian coffee brand has doubled its UK drive-thru estate in the space of a year and is also planning to launch four further sites before the end of 2022.
The brand will be adding to its 65-site restaurant and drive-thru portfolio with a further 40 outlets across the UK by the end of 2023. The openings will see 2,000 new jobs created across the country. New sites planned for the first quarter include Liverpool, Swansea and Dundee.
Tim Hortons said each opening in the UK has seen huge demand from customers, with some fans camped outside Tim Hortons restaurants for up to 40 hours ahead of opening.
Founded as a single location in Canada in 1964, Tim Hortons now has more than 4,700 system wide restaurants in Canada, the US and around the world.
Kevin Hydes, chief commercial officer of Tim Hortons franchise in the UK said: “Our 50th drive-thru restaurant is a landmark opening for us as doubling our number of drive-thrus is not only a key milestone in our strong and fast-paced pipeline of openings this year, but it also supports our ambitious plan to grow at an even faster pace in 2023 with 40 new restaurants targeted.
“We have planned our site acquisition strategy carefully to ensure that we are securing as many drive-thru sites as we can in order to meet the growing customer demand for the additional convenience that they provide. We only see this demand growing, with people being time poor and seeking high quality, great value food & beverages at all times of day served at speed.”
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