Tim Hortons brewing up three new Scottish locations thanks to funding

A franchise company behind the launch of Tim Hortons in the UK has announced plans to open three new drive-through restaurants in Scotland. 

Published 13th Dec 2018
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

Pizza Cake, the first Tim Hortons franchise company in the UK, made the announcement after securing a multi-million pound funding package from HSBC UK.

The three new franchises will provide 100 new jobs to central Scotland to support the management, baking and customer service needs at the restaurants.

The first restaurant is set to open on Friday 14th December 2018 at 12pm at Unit 2, 44 Tryst Road, Stenhousemuir with plans to open two additional locations in 2019.

 When asked about possible locations for the other new venues, a spokesperson for the company said that the locations hadn't been confirmed yet but that they would be "somewhere in the central belt".

The Canadian fast food restaurant, best known for its coffee and donuts, opened its first Tim Hortons in the UK in Glasgow in 2017.

Pizza Cake owners Graeme and Lisa Tobias are highly experienced having operated Domino’s Pizza franchises in the west of Scotland and Northern Ireland for 14 years, and currently own 15 Domino’s restaurants.

The pair will also use some of the HSBC UK funding to support the continued growth of their Domino’s franchises, with plans to open two new restaurants in Scotland in the next year. 

 Graeme Tobias said: “Tim Hortons has a fantastic reputation for providing great coffee and quality quick service food so we’re really excited to be the business’s first UK franchisee.

"Lisa and I turned to HSBC UK for support because we wanted to work with a bank with a strong track-record in funding franchise operators. The bank’s team were able to get under the skin of our business and provided the support we needed to fund the future growth of both our restaurant businesses.”

 Grant Bett, relationship director at HSBC UK in Scotland, said: “Graeme and Lisa run a successful franchise business in Scotland and Northern Ireland and are quick to act on opportunities for growth. We’re keen to support strong franchise businesses in Scotland and have a lot of expertise in providing funding packages that work for franchise growth and expansion plans.

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"We look forward to seeing Pizza Cake bring new Tim Hortons and Domino’s locations to Scotland over the next year.”



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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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