Tim Hortons to open in Belfast this year as part of NI expansion
CANADIAN coffee chain Tim Hortons has confirmed it is to open a new store in Belfast later this year and announced plans for further locations in Northern Ireland.
The multi-national has outlined a major UK expansion with new locations also to open in Manchester and Cardiff in the coming months.
The move represents the second phase of what the company describes as an "extensive, nationwide rollout plan", with new restaurant locations coming to Northern Ireland, England and Wales.
Tim Hortons opened its first UK store on Argyle Street in Glasgow back in June and has since opened at a second location in the city. The coffee brand has previously been sold in the Republic of Ireland at kiosks within convenience stores such as Spar.
The new Belfast store, the first in the north, will bring job opportunities, with the firm now recruiting for team members at all levels, including manager and assistant manager.
Tim Hortons was founded by its namesake, a top professional ice hockey player, who wanted to create a space where everyone would feel at home. Now one of Canada's most iconic brands, nearly 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.
Chief finance and commercial officer for Tim Hortons in the UK said the company was looking forward to growing the brand.
“We were blown away by the reception we received in Glasgow, and are delighted to announce the opening of restaurants in Cardiff, Belfast and Manchester. We know there's a great deal of excitement out there and we can't wait to share more details."