Canadian café and bake shop, Tim Hortons, announces first UK opening


In the year of Canada’s 150th anniversary, Tim Hortons, the famed Canadian café and bake shop, is announcing extensive plans for roll-out across Great Britain in 2017.

The first store will open on Argyle Street in Glasgow later this spring, before Tim Hortons takes its signature coffee, freshly-prepared food, delicious baked goods and Canadian charm nationwide over the next 12 months.

Part of the fabric of Canada’s culture, and found in nearly every small town and city in Canada, Tim Hortons was founded by its namesake, a famous professional ice hockey player who wanted to create a space where everyone would feel at home. Now as one of Canada’s most popular brands, eight out of 10 cups of coffee sold across Canada are served at Tim Hortons and more than 5.3 million Canadians – approximately 15 per cent of the population – visit the café daily.

Tim Hortons is part of Restaurant Brands International Inc., one of the world’s largest quick service restaurant companies with more than $27 billion in system sales and over 23,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries and U.S territories. Great Britain is a key strategic market for Tim Hortons and is the first European country to open its doors to the brand. Responsible for bringing Tim Hortons to Great Britain is SK Group, an experienced franchise operator that has already played a major role in the successful UK expansion of Domino’s Pizza.

Across Great Britain, Tim Hortons will offer an extensive menu of delicious drinks, which include Tim Hortons signature coffee, espresso-based beverages, hot chocolate, French Vanilla and classic frozen Iced Capp, as well as baked goods, breakfast and lunch items made from 100% quality ingredients. Guests can also look forward to the coffee shops’ signature Timbits bite-sized doughnuts which come in a variety of flavours.

At the very heart of Tim Hortons is a mission to make a true difference in the communities it serves, achieved through local initiatives that will be extended into Great Britain.

“We’ve witnessed Tim Hortons phenomenal success in Canada, and wanted to replicate this in Great Britain,” says Gurprit Dhaliwal, COO of Tim Hortons UK and Ireland LTD. “It’s hard to explain just how important Tim Hortons is to Canadians – it’s not just a restaurant, it’s a way of life and a place of ‘home’, and we’re positive Great Britain will fall in love the brand.”

Elías Díaz Sesé, president, Tim Hortons Brand, says: “Bringing Tim Hortons to Great Britain and Glasgow, is something we’re really excited about. Great Britain is a nation of coffee lovers, so we’re confident Tim Hortons will continue to be a leader in the quick service restaurant sector across the pond.”