From netting big headlines in national newspapers to people queuing for days when it opened its first British restaurant in June, it’s safe to say that Tim Hortons’ jump across the pond has not gone unnoticed. And now the coffee chain is stepping its UK expansion up a gear by opening a drive-through.
The option to be served in your car will be available at the new Bury New Road restaurant in Manchester, which is due to open later this month. As well as the drive-through, the new restaurant will also house Tim Hortons’ regional training academy. Having already opened Tim Hortons in Glasgow and in Cardiff earlier this year, the new restaurant is the first to be opened in England but it won’t be the last: more Tim Hortons are planned to open their doors in Manchester over the next month.
Commenting on the news about the drive-through, Kevin Hydes, chief finance and commercial officer of Tim Hortons UK, said: “The Tim Hortons drive-through is a major part of Canadian culture and we think the UK is going to love our great tasting coffee and quality food, served quickly and with a smile. The buzz around our recent Glasgow and Cardiff openings was phenomenal and we couldn’t be more excited to open our first drive-through and our first restaurant in England.”
However, Tim Hortons isn’t alone in expanding its UK presence. Over the past years we’ve seen established brands like Costa opening more stores in Britain and newcomers like Triple Two Coffee challenging traditional coffee franchises with new artisanal offerings. It certainly seems as if Britons’ love for coffee has made this space particularly hot for budding franchisees willing to serve up a warm brew.