Canadian fast food giant Tim Hortons plans new Speke drive-thru

A fast food chain which serves more coffee across Canada and the United States than any restaurant group except Starbucks plans to open a new drive-thru in Speke.

Tim Hortons opened its first UK outlet in 2017 and now has more than 30 locations across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, including a branch in Chester which launched at the end of July.

The Canadian fast food chain was founded in 1964 by ice hockey player Tim Horton. Best known for its coffee and donuts, the restaurant also serves a range of breakfast items and hot sandwiches.

Outline proposals for a new Tim Hortons drive-thru were approved by Liverpool City Council’s planning committee yesterday (17 August) as part of a wider application for the former tea factory site on the corner of Speke Road and Speke Hall Road.

The approved plans also include a new 14,337 sq ft Aldi supermarket, petrol station and employment unit.

Aldi says it has come up with a “bespoke design” for a “key gateway site into Liverpool”, which includes a tower feature in metallic silver cladding – “creating prominence to the site and a focal point for customers”.

The supermarket chain adds that the new food store will “provide a modern shopping environment, offering a quality design and a crisp, clean look to the building”.

George Brown, property director for ALDI, confirmed during a presentation to the council’s planning committee yesterday that the drive-thru unit will be operated by Tim Hortons.

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