Tim Hortons has announced it will double its drive-thru estate across the UK within one year of opening in the UK, following the opening of its its 50th drive-thru in Watford on 28 November.

The Canadian QSR brand plans to open four further drive-thrus before the end of 2022, and is targeting 40 new restaurants for 2023 to add to its estate of 65.

The brand has confirmed sites in Liverpool, Swansea, and Dundee will open in the first quarter.

Tim Hortons has more than 4,700 system-wide restaurants across Canada, the US, and other countries.

Kevin Hydes, chief commercial officer of the Tim Hortons franchise in the UK, commented: “Our 50th drive-thru restaurant is a landmark opening for us as doubling our number of drive-thrus is not only a key milestone in our strong and fast-paced pipeline of openings this year, but it also supports our ambitious plan to grow at an even faster pace in 2023 with 40 new restaurants targeted.”

“We have planned our site acquisition strategy carefully to ensure that we are securing as many drive-thru sites as we can in order to meet the growing customer demand for the additional convenience that they provide. We only see this demand growing, with people being time poor and seeking high quality, great value food & beverages at all times of day served at speed.

We are proving to be a real contender within the Coffee & QSR sector and have ambitions to become the preferred brand of choice, no matter what occasion our guests are seeking to enjoy.”