Canadian coffee shop Tim Hortons will be launching in the UK in June this year, with its first location in Glasgow.
The first store will open in Argyle Street on 2 June, before other locations nationwide will be home to their own Tim Hortons.
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Chief operating officer of Tim Hortons UK and Ireland, Gurprit Dhaliwal, said:
“We’re really excited to open our first restaurant in Britain and the buzz we’ve been seeing has been unbelievable. Tim Hortons is about Canadian charm, friendly culture and a strong sense of community and we want to invite everyone to come down and see us as soon as they can.”
As well as coffee, Tim Hortons is known for selling fast food, in particular, its mini doughnuts named Timbits, and has been named as Canada’s “most treasured brand”.
The Canadian brand has its work cut out to try and tackle the other coffee brands on the UK high street. There are around 18,000 coffee shops in the UK, and Costa Coffee is often named as Britain’s number one coffee chain.
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The first Tim Hortons was opened in 1964, in Hamilton, Canada, selling coffee and doughnuts for CAN$0.10 each.
The original Tim Horton, who founded the brand, was a national hockey league legend.
It opened its first US store in 1984, in Tonawanda, New York, to allow Canadian expats to get their coffee fix, albeit fairly close to the US-Canadian border.
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In 1995, Tim Hortons merged with the US fast food chain Wendy’s International to help it expand into the US.
Tim Hortons went public in September 2006, with an initial public offering of CAN$27 per share. This raised over $700m in the first day of trading.
By 2013, Tim Hortons had 4,350 cafes across the world, with 3,500 in Canada. The Toronto Stock Exchange listed the company as having recorded revenues of $794m and a net profit of $111m.
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The success of the brand was key to the decision by US fast food chain Burger King to acquire the chain in 2014 for $11.4bn.
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It has managed to fend off Starbuck’s expansion around the globe to remain Canada’s top coffee brand. It maintains that every eight out of 10 cups of coffee sold in the country are from Tim Hortons.
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This isn’t the first time the brand has tried to make headways in the UK market. It made a deal with the Spar convenience store chain in 2007 to sell Tim Hortons coffee and doughnuts at small self-service counters in 50 stores.