Tim Hortons is expanding in the UK and could create 2,000 jobs - how to apply

By Iain Leggat
Friday, 9th October 2020, 11:55 am
Updated Friday, 9th October 2020, 12:55 pm
Tim Hortons is expanding in the UK and could create 2,000 jobs - how to apply (Photo: Shutterstock)
Tim Hortons is expanding in the UK and could create 2,000 jobs - how to apply (Photo: Shutterstock)

Fans of Canadian chain Tim Hortons will be licking their lips as the company - famed for its doughnuts and coffee - is planning a major expansion in the UK.

Despite a decrease in sales during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the brand is hoping to capitalise on the increased demand for drive through dining.

The company told the Telegraph it hopes to open an outlet in “every major city and town” over the next two years, starting with Milton Keynes.

2,000 new jobs

The new expansion could create around 2,000 new jobs.

Tim Hortons opened its first UK branch in 2017 and now has 23 locations across the country, including Glasgow, Belfast, Manchester and the Midlands.

The brand is owned by Restaurant Brands International (RBI), which also owns Burger King and US fast food chain, Popeyes. The company currently runs more than 27,000 restaurants globally and has been looking to expand.

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.”

How to apply

To apply for roles with Tim Hortons you can visit the company’s careers page on its website.

On the site, you are able to see all the available roles within your area and further afield.

A drop in sales

Sales at Tim Hortons’ 4,900 global sites fell by more than 30 per cent in the quarter to July, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Sales at its parent company RBI saw a 20 per cent decline in that same period, as lockdown forced many locations to close or restrict their offerings.

But, despite the upheaval caused by the pandemic, RBI has been pushing to expand its portfolio, especially outside the US and Canada.

This comes at a time when the UK’s existing hospitality sector has been reeling from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Last month, Costa Coffee announced plans to cut up to 1,650 jobs in response to the coronavirus crisis. The company said it would “streamline” its operations in response to the “high levels of uncertainty as to when trade will recover to pre-Covid levels.”

Meanwhile, chain Pret a Manger also announced that it will close 30 of its outlets and axe around 2,800 roles, almost triple the number of expected job cuts. It cited the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and a huge drop-off in sales.