Tim Hortons goes on UK hiring spree

The iconic Canadian food chain is planning a global expansion amid uncertain times at home

Tim Hortons goes on UK hiring spree
Tim Hortons has Europe in its sights, with job listings signalling the company’s plans to expand overseas amid uncertainty at home.

The iconic Canadian fast-food chain, which recently opened its first UK restaurant in Glasgow, Scotland, is “embarking on an expansion programme across Scotland and the UK”, according to its job ads.

“We have been overwhelmed with the feedback and are looking to build on our 4590+ restaurants worldwide, as well as increase our yearly serving of over 2 billion cups of coffee here in Great Britain,” it said.

The company has also announced plans to launch in Spain, Mexico and the Philippines.

In Glasgow, Tim Hortons is looking to hire “a number of tenacious and enthusiastic Restaurant Team Members”, as well as in-store bakers, “for a number of new locations”, while in Manchester, England, it sought an assistant manager, promising “exciting plans to open more sites in the coming years”.

The company has received dozens of applications for the Glasgow positions, according to publicly visible data on its job ads.

Full time permanent restaurant team members would be paid up to £7.50 per hour – the current UK minimum wage for workers aged over 25 – while bakers would be paid up to £8 an hour. Both roles came with “the chance to join a rapidly expanding business offering future career opportunities”.

The Manchester role would have a salary of £18,000 to £21,000.

Meanwhile, the Belfast Telegraph quoted a source as saying Tim Hortons was looking to open up to 20 stores in Northern Ireland, with most in Belfast.

Tim Hortons is staying tight-lipped on those reports, telling HRD: "We're always looking for new ways to bring the Tim Hortons brand to our Guests in Canada and around the world. The first Tim Hortons restaurant to open in Glasgow, Scotland has been well received thus far, and our franchise partner is looking forward to opening more restaurants across Great Britain."

"All staffing decisions for those restaurants will be made by our franchise partner. While we do not disclose details about future openings, we remain committed to sharing Tim Hortons iconic coffee, exceptional service and great food with new and existing guests".

"As we look to increase our global restaurant footprint, we will continue to evaluate the markets outside of Canada that make strategic sense for Tim Hortons such as our recent announcement to develop the brand in Spain."

The expansion comes amid uncertain times at home for Tim Hortons. Earlier this month, its owner, Restaurant Brands International, announced Tim Hortons’ same-store sales fell 0.8 percent in the second quarter of 2017.

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