Canadian-based coffee and donut shop Tim Hortons officially opened its doors for the first time in the UK Friday. The company, famous for its mini donuts, breakfast sandwiches, and delicious coffee, chose the city of Glasgow for its first location overseas. Residents had long been anticipating the store’s grand opening located on Argyle Street.
To say the chain’s grand opening was met with enthusiasm would be an understatement. Coffee and donut fans of all ages wait for more than an hour outside the store’s doors before the official opening. Even the local media was there to capture the moment when Tim Hortons finally welcomed in customers at 9am. The scene was reminiscent of the premier of a blockbuster film.
Tim Hortons wanted to enter Glasgow with a bang. The company offered free coffee for a year to their very first customer. Additionally, the first ten people to walk through the door received a year’s supply of Timbits. Needless to say, near hysteria surrounded the coffee shop’s location.
The company was founded by former NHL player Tim Horton back in the 1960’s in Ontario, Canada. After Horton’s untimely death in 1974, Ron Joyce took over as owner of the franchise. From there, the company continued to spread throughout Canada and America’s northeast. Hortons quickly took over as a more popular option than McDonald’s for the majority of Canadians.
Prior to coming to the UK, Hortons had opened locations outside of the U.S. and Canada. The franchise recently expanded to the Middle East and Asia. It was only a matter of time until the popular chain made its way to Europe.
The franchise first revealed plans to open stores overseas in September 2016, leading to the opening in Glasgow. UK donut and coffee enthusiasts can rejoice as the company is very much interested in expanding throughout the region.