Exeter is in line for its first Tim Hortons cafe and donut shop. If planning permission is granted, the drive-thru, restaurant and take-out will replace the now-closed Chiquito restaurant in Marsh Barton.
Tim Hortons is Canada’s largest restaurant chain, famous for its coffee and baked goods, and it came to the UK in 2017. The Tim Hortons website says there are currently 58 locations in the UK United, including Plymouth’s which is “coming soon”. The nearest existing sites are at Weston-super-Mare, Gloucester and Cardiff. You can learn more about the company and what it sells here.
If the planning application which has been lodged with Exeter City Council is approved, the site will have a new outdoor seating area to the north of the building, making the most of the ‘characteristic’ entrance to Alphington Park since Alphington Road.
The drive-thru route means that the existing building will have to be partially demolished and reconfigured. The layout of the car park will be modified – five fewer places – and the bicycle parking area replaced.
The planning brief describes Tim Hortons as “Canada’s most loved brand” and states: “Its current focus is to expand its drive-thru model across the UK, including at the proposal site . Tim Hortons’ offer is different from that offered by McDonalds, KFC and Burger King and is comparable to that offered by café operators such as Costa or Starbucks, with a substantial part of the offer including hot and cold drinks and bakery products. , including a huge selection of donuts.
“The hot food offering includes paninis and ‘fondues’ as well as hot sandwiches and wraps, again similar to other cafe operators. Tim Hortons also values the ambiance of its cafes/restaurants, encouraging customers to dine in.
It also says it’s not primarily hot food to go – hot food to eat in only represents about 15% of total sales at Tim Hortons drive-thru outlets. The application indicates that the outlet would employ the full-time equivalent of 50 employees.