Tim Hortons, Canada’s largest fast food and coffee chain, is to open its first UK site in Glasgow where it hopes to make a foothold for nationwide expansion.
A cafe and bake shop will open on Argyle Street early next month and will be rolled out across Britain over the course of the next year.
As part of Restaurant Brands International, which operates more than 23,000 restaurants around the world, Tim Hortons serves hot and cold beverages as well as baked goods, breakfast and lunch items.
Eight out of 10 cups of coffee sold across Canada are served at Tim Hortons outlets, according to the brand.
Gurprit Dhaliwal, chief operating officer of Tim Hortons UK and Ireland, told the BBC: “We’ve witnessed Tim Hortons’ phenomenal success in Canada, and wanted to replicate this in Great Britain.
“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 with the brand.”
The coffee and doughnut company was acquired by Burger King in 2014 for more than US$11bn. It currently has more than 4,600 sites around the world in nine countries, with around 3,800 of those in Canada.
The move follows fast food chain Taco Bell’s UK market entry in 2010 as US fast food brands continually see Britain as an attractive market and springboard for European expansion.