Belfast Telegraph

Tim Hortons opens its first coffee and doughnut shop in Belfast city centre

By John Mulgrew

Coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons has revealed the location of its first cafe in Northern Ireland.

It comes 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.

It's set to open its first store in Belfast city centre, at the Lesley Buildings at Wellington Place, according to a newly filed planning application.

It's applied for permission to erect signage as part of a unit at the building.

Kevin Hydes, chief financial officer of the Tim Hortons franchise in the UK, speaking earlier this year, 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.

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.

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

The company is one of the largest fast food chains in North America, and has around 4,600 stores.

It was founded in Canada in 1964 with a menu that includes coffee, speciality drinks, fresh baked goods, sandwiches and wraps.

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