Site of UK's first Tim Hortons drive through announced for unusual Scottish location

Stenhousemuir could soon be the site of the UK's first Tim Hortons Coffee Shop drive through after planning permission was granted by the local council.

Published 14th Sep 2017
Updated 18 th Sep 2023

Despite concerns over the amount of traffic the new development could cause in the area, committee members voted to grant permission for the Canadian coffee house chain to open a drive through restaurant on land at Tryst Road, Stenhousemuir.

Set to be only the second UK premises - the first opened in Glasgow’s Argyle Street in May - it will also be the first to feature a drive-through.

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The original plans for the site already had permission in principle – for a restaurant with associated parking – granted in November last year.

However, a change to the designs meant the premises will now be a drive through – a first for Tim Hortons – which would open from 7am to 11pm daily.

While the development itself was welcomed, its location created divided opinion among committee members, with several citing that the location was wrong for the new development and others citing the amount of additional traffic it may cause, however most were in agreement that it would be a boon for the area.

It was also stated that the developer had agreed to provide £20,000 to help fund any traffic monitoring required.

Founded in 1964 by a professional ice hockey player, Tim Hortons is already hugely popular in its native Canada and is set to expand across the UK over the next few years following the successful opening of its Glasgow store.

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