Cana­dian cof­fee chain con­firms its ar­rival in NI

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - News - BY JOHN MUL­GREW

COF­FEE and dough­nut chain Tim Hor­tons has con­firmed it will be­gin open­ing stores across Belfast as part of its lat­est ex­pan­sion plans.

It comes a month after the Belfast Tele­graph re­vealed the Cana­dian chain is aim­ing to open be­tween 15 and 20 of its stores in Belfast, and else­where in North­ern Ire­land.

Kevin Hy­des, chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer of the Tim Hor­tons fran­chise in the UK, said: “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.”

The Cana­dian-owned firm is tar­get­ing the UK’S big­gest cities, and has al­ready opened its first stand-alone store in Glas­gow.

But it’s now un­der­stood the com­pany, which is op­er­at­ing un­der a fran­chise across the UK and Ire­land, is now ac­tively seek­ing up to 20 North­ern Ire­land lo­ca­tions, pre­dom­i­nantly in Belfast.

One in­dus­try source said Tim Hor­tons was eye­ing up as many as 20 stores in Belfast, with a sim­i­lar num­ber in cities such as Glas­gow and Manch­ester. It’s un­der­stood that com­mer­cial prop­erty agents have been ap­pointed to over­see the roll-out.

Tim Hor­tons cur­rently has no stores in North­ern Ire­land, or the Repub­lic, but its prod­ucts have been sold at con­ve­nience shops such as Spar.

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