Canadian food chain Tim Hortons announces plans to create 2,000 jobs in the UK

Canadian fast food chain Tim Hortons has announced plans for a major expansion in the UK, and create more than 2,000 jobs.

The chain, which is known for its coffee and donuts, is relatively unknown in the UK, having only launched in 2017 and has 23 locations.

The move comes as Tim Hortons UK and Ireland announces a 37% growth in sales performance year on year in the last quarter. There are hopes for a rise in the drive-thru industry, with the plan being to have one of its stores in all major towns and cities by the end of 2022.

Chief commercial officer of Tim Hortons UK and Ireland, Kevin Hydes, told the Telegraph: “Despite challenging times for the sector, our drive-thru and flagship locations have delivered exceptional performance and our model is proving to be well attuned to the evolving needs of customers at this time.”

The brand, while operated independently, is owned by fast food giant Restaurant Brands International (RBI), which also owns Burger King and Popeye’s Chicken and experienced a 20% sales decline in the quarter to July. RBI has 27,000 restaurants across the world.

RBI Chief Executive Jose Cil: “We cannot predict exactly when the dust will settle, but we’re confident that we will be well positioned to capitalise on opportunities for growth as we emerge from the crisis and continue toward the 40,000 restaurant goal we talked about last year.”