Tim Hortons announces first UK & Ireland franchisee

Iconic Canadian coffee chain, Tim Hortons has announced today its first franchisee in the UK & Ireland.

Graeme and Lisa Tobias of West Scotland will become the first partners to operate the brand and will open their first Drive-Thru restaurant in Stenhousemuir, Scotland by the end of the year. The Stenhousemuir location will be the first of a number of Tim Hortons Drive Thru Restaurants to open in Scotland and operated by the couple.

The first Tim Hortons in the UK opened its doors in Argyle Street, Glasgow in June 2017 to huge fanfare, with fans travelling from across the country and queuing overnight to sample the Brand’s famed coffee and baked goods. Tim Hortons is now serving guests in and around Glasgow, Cardiff, Belfast and Manchester, with excitement levels showing no signs of dropping.

Kevin Hydes, Chief Finance & Commercial Officer of the Tim Hortons franchise in the UK, said, “When we opened our first restaurant in Glasgow last year, we were completely blown away by the excitement for the brand.

'We have seen great demand from many businesses interested in becoming franchise partners and after a thorough selection process, we are delighted to welcome Graeme and Lisa Tobias and their team to the Tim Hortons family.

'Graeme and Lisa are experienced, successful operators and we believe they will deliver the Tim Hortons brand in Stenhousemuir and in other locations in the future to excellent effect. We’re really looking forward to growing the business together. We will continue to seek great partnerships and anybody interested should initially make contact through our website”

Graeme Tobias said, “We are thrilled to be working with Tim Hortons and are very excited about the opportunity to open our first drive thru restaurant for the people of Stenhousemuir. We have initial plans to open a cluster of sites in the next 12 months and work with the Tim Hortons U.K. team for many years to come.”

The Tim Hortons brand was founded by its namesake, a top professional ice hockey player, who wanted to create a space where everyone would feel at home. Fast forward to 2018 and Tim Hortons serves Canada’s Favourite Coffee in over 4,700 Restaurants in Canada and around the world.