Surinder Kandola, one of the UK’s largest Domino’s Pizza franchisees, is backing the launch in the UK of Canadian coffee chain Tim Horton’s, MCA has learnt.

Last week, the brand’s owner Restaurant Brands International (RBI) announced it had signed a joint venture with an unnamed British investor to enter the UK as part of its of its plans to take the Tim Horton’s brand around the world.

Kandola is also the backer of ZaZa Bazaar, the world banquet and bar concept. Gurprit Dhaliwal will lead the UK joint venture company as chief executive of the master-franchise joint venture.

He said the business would focus on delivering “great products and an exceptional guest experience”.

This brand already has almost 4,500 restaurants across Canada, the US and the Middle East.

Founded as a single-site restaurant in Canada in 1964, the company serves premium coffee, hot and cold specialty drinks, teas and fruit smoothies, fresh baked goods, grilled Panini and sandwiches, wraps and soups.

The news follows last month’s announcement from RBI of a master franchise joint venture to develop Tim Hortons in the Philippines, on top of its restaurants in Canada, the US and the Middle East.

“This deal is part of our growth plan to take the iconic Tim Hortons brand around the world,” said Daniel Schwartz, chief executive of Restaurant Brands International.

“Great Britain is an attractive QSR market with a strong and growing coffee culture so it is a natural fit for the brand.”