Coffee2Go culture strong in Northern Ireland as Tim Hortons opens ninth store

Canadian coffee chain, Tim Hortons has thrown open the doors of its ninth store in Northern Ireland at Lotus Property-owned Retail and Leisure Park, The Junction.

Creating 50 new jobs in the local area with a mix of full and part-time roles, the new 6,800 sq ft sit-in restaurant and drive-thru is the latest tenant to join The Junction’s bustling food and beverage offering and points to a demand among NI consumers for a growing mix of coffee outlets.

The latest “coffee2go” arrival comes on the back of a newly negotiated long-term lease by the scheme’s longstanding coffee tenant, Costa, who recently rejuvenated its prime location at the retail scheme creating a modern, inviting café space with state-of-the-art facilities serving its ever-popular range of seasonal drinks and snacks.

Commenting on the news, Chris Flynn, Centre Director at The Junction, said: “At The Junction we have created a space for customers to relax, socialise and enjoy themselves and the arrival of Tim Hortons to the scheme further strengthens our leisure offering. The regeneration of the Costa Coffee store is also an exciting development, an already popular destination with customers, we look forward to welcoming coffee lovers to a fully modernised and refreshed site.

“Coffee culture is growing in popularity and with an increasing demand for outlets locally we’re delighted that we can continue to provide the local community and visitors with a wide variety of options to enjoy along with friends or on the go.”

Kevin Hydes, Chief Commercial Officer of Tim Hortons franchise in the U.K commented: “We began our journey in Northern Ireland three years ago when we opened the doors to our first restaurant in Belfast and have been welcomed with open arms ever since. Given the popularity of our current locations, it made sense to launch this newest restaurant with a drive-thru in Antrim so that we can make ourselves available to even more people.”

With a variety of high-quality outlets across the scheme, The Junction is committed to continuing to expand its portfolio with the recent opening of activewear shoe brand, Skechers, and plans submitted last November for a new £10m Dobbies Garden Centre, which will also include a food hall, restaurant and café.

For more information, please visit www.thejunctionshopping.com. Connect with The Junction on Facebook and Instagram @TheJunctionAntrim and Twitter @JunctionAntrim.

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