Tim Hortons, the iconic Canadian café chooses Leicester to open its biggest UK restaurant


Iconic Canadian Café and Bake Shop chain, Tim Hortons®, is set to arrive in Leicester, opening its biggest restaurant in the UK for everyone to enjoy Canada’s favourite coffee*.

Located on East Gates, in the heart of the city, the Leicester location is set to open its doors later this year after the tremendous success in nearby Birmingham.

The Tim Hortons® brand was founded in 1964 by its namesake, a top professional ice hockey player, who wanted to create a space where everyone would feel at home. Fast forward to 2019 and nearly eight out of 10 cups* of coffee sold across Canada are served at Tim Hortons® restaurants and more than 5.3 million Canadians – approximately 15 per cent of the population – visit the café daily.

The Leicester restaurant will take up over 6,500 square feet of retail space in the city centre, for all locals and shoppers to easily access. With more than 150 seats, this iconic homely restaurant covers 3 floors. As well as the famous Donuts, Timbits® and range of beverages, customers will have on offer hearty breakfast options, as well as a variety of lunch items such as sandwiches, wraps, paninis and toasties, all fresh and made-to-order using quality ingredients.

To ensure their high-quality and classic Canadian-friendly service, the restaurant has 40 full and part-time vacancies, creating employment opportunities for the local community.

The history of the building goes back to 1885, when East Gates Coffee House first opened and created a popular spot for coffee lovers during the Temperance Movement.

Kevin Hydes, Chief Finance and Commercial Officer of the Tim Hortons® franchise in the U.K. said: "We're delighted to have secured a fantastic location right in the heart of Leicester for our largest restaurant to date. The beautiful and historic building is a true landmark within the city, and we hope will become a favourite destination for the people of Leicester."

The first Tim Hortons® in the U.K. opened its doors in 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. As Tim Hortons® rolls out nationwide, a further 21 restaurants are now serving guests in and around Glasgow, Cardiff, Manchester and Belfast with excitement levels showing no signs of dropping.

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