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Coffee chain Tim Hortons to open second Northern Ireland store

Tim Hortons is opening another Belfast store.
Tim Hortons is opening another Belfast store.

By Gerald Lennon

Multinational Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons is opening its second restaurant in Belfast, following a successful launch of its first restaurant in the city in May.

The opening of the restaurant in Fountain Street saw over 300 people queuing outside and around the corner, so they could be the first to try the famous brewed coffee.

Its new location will be at Connswater Shopping Centre and Retail Park and will also have a drive-through.

The store's opening will create jobs at all levels, including managers and assistant managers.

Named after the famous ice hockey player Tim Horton, it first opened shop in 1964, as Mr Horton wanted to create a safe space where everyone would feel at home.

Now in 2018, the company claims that nearly eight out of 10 cups of coffee served in Canada are served at a Tim Hortons, and over 5million Canadians visit daily. 

Tim Hortons opened its first UK location in Glasgow in June 2017 to great success, as fans travelled across the country and queued overnight to taste the coffee and baked goods.

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Since then it has grown with stores in Cardiff and Manchester.

Kevin Hydes, chief finance and commercial officer of the Tim Hortons franchise in the UK said: “When we opened our first Belfast Restaurant in May, we were completely blown away by the excitement and the we’ve been doing roaring trade ever since.”

Tim Hortons is in the process of an expansion strategy which will it identifying a number of sites across Northern Ireland in the coming few years.

"We have some work to do before we open in Connswater Retail Park and we look forward to working with Belfast City Council’s planning department to expedite the process so we can start trading in east Belfast as quickly as possible," added Mr Hydes.

Laura McCarthy, senior property asset manager of Alfred Street Properties, said: “We are delighted that Tim Hortons has chosen to open its first drive-through in Northern Ireland at Connswater.

"This is further confirmation that the scheme has turned a corner and significant changes made to date have been having a positive impact for our customers and the retail trade. Today’s announcement is great news not only for the scheme but for east Belfast and the local economy as well.”

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