It appears Tim Hortons is set to invade the United Kingdom.
According to current job postings, the coffee chain giant is ramping up its global expansion by opening multiple locations in Glasgow, South Wales and Greater Manchester. It’s also reportedly planning to set up shop in Northern Ireland.
Tim Hortons announced last year it was expanding to the U.K. and the Philippines, adding Mexico and Spain to the list this year. Meanwhile, the chain’s Canadian sales are slumping.
“When a company has fully exploited its own market, that’s when it goes abroad,” says Carleton University business professor Ian Lee. “Doesn’t mean they’re going to succeed.”
But Tim Hortons appears set on success — at least in the U.K. — even though so far it has only opened one full-service restaurant in the country, in Glasgow, Scotland.
Tim Hortons told CBC News that it doesn’t disclose information about future openings, but online job postings suggest the chain has much bigger plans for Glasgow and other parts of the U.K.
‘Huge plans for expansion’
The postings for Scotland’s largest city say the chain is “expanding across Glasgow” and is looking to hire “a number of tenacious and enthusiastic restaurant team members,” as well as in-store bakers, team leaders and restaurant managers.
There are also similar job postings for Tim Hortons’ locations in Greater Manchester in England and South Wales, along with declarations that the iconic coffee shop is “expanding across” these regions.
Tim Hortons warns prospective managers they will be busy. “We were overwhelmed with the feedback for our first restaurant in Glasgow with queues out the door,” it says in the job description. “It will be hard work but you will be working with a great team and your hard work will be rewarded as we expand.”
Another posting for an assistant manager in Manchester states that Tim Hortons has “HUGE plans for expansion,” aiming to open hundreds of restaurants in the U.K. over the next 10 years.
The company also appears to be moving into Northern Ireland. According to a report this week in the Belfast Telegraph, the chain is eyeing up to 20 locations in the region.
Tim Hortons would not…