Doughnut and coffee chain Tim Hortons opening new store at former Pizza Hut in Birstall

Tim Hortons, the Canadian company famed for its doughnuts and coffee, has applied for a new store with a drive-through at Birstall Retail Park in Leeds.

Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 3:21 pm
Updated Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 4:04 pm
Pizza Hut in Birstall which is being replaced by Tim Hortons, right. Photo: Tim Hortons

The fast-food chain is going up against Starbucks, Costa and Krispy Kreme who already have stores in the retail park.

The application to Kirklees Council shows Tim Hortons wants to make minor alterations to the former Pizza Hut building, including recladding.

The firm also wants to install a drive-through lane and create a new car parking area.

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The planning application states: "The restaurant will operate in a similar way to existing coffee shops and restaurants with drive-thru facilities, although the nature of the Tim Hortons offer means that the business and usage is not directly comparable to that of any of the existing UK coffee shop or restaurant operators.

"This is because the offer is more varied, with both eat-in and drive-thru customers visiting for a meal or a snack at any time of the day.

"The nature of the Tim Hortons offer is one that is primarily aimed at daytime and evening trade, with more limited use of the existing units during the breakfast period."

Though there is a chance it could be rejected, the planning application goes on to suggest that the eatery gets the go-ahead, adding: "It is concluded that there are no transport or highways related reasons that should prohibit the development proposals from being granted planning permission."

A Kirklees Council Spokesperson said: “We have received a planning application and it will be considered as part of the usual planning process.”

Tim Hortons Inc. is a Canadian multinational fast food restaurant chain. Based in Toronto, Tim Hortons serves coffee, doughnuts and other fast food items. It is Canada's largest quick-service restaurant chain, with 4,846 restaurants in 14 countries, by December 31, 2018.

The chain first opened a branch in UK in 2017, now boasting 23 locations across the country, including Glasgow, Belfast, Manchester and the Midlands.