Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons is coming to the UK in 2017 as the brand looks to undertake a significant global expansion.
Looking to capitalise on Britain's coffee culture, the cult chain, which serves up hot drinks and donuts, has reached a deal with an investor to expand into England, Scotland and Wales.
"This deal is part of our growth plan to take the iconic Tim Hortons brand around the world," said Daniel Schwartz, the firm's chief executive of restaurant brands, international.
"It’s a big market with lots of potential for us. It has a strong and growing coffee culture, so it was a natural fit for the Tims brand," he told Bloomberg in an interview.
Though he hinted the plans were "ambitious," Schwartz declined to say how many Tim Hortons are planned for the UK. The news comes little over a month since the company revealed plans to launch in the Philippines.
Twitter has been abuzz with reaction to the news.
TIM HORTONS IS OPENING IN THE UK
my life feels completed
— FaZe Kay (@FaZeKay) August 31, 2016
omg holy timbits THIS IS NOT A DRILL Tim Hortons is coming to the UK!!!!
— Luke Spillane (@lukespillane) August 31, 2016
Tim Hortons to open restaurants in England, Scotland & Wales. I don't do endorsements but I do like #SteepedTea
— Michael Kane (@Michael_KaneBNN) August 31, 2016
Tim Hortons opened its first store in the US in 1984, and in 2014 was snapped up by Burger King as part of a deal to form a new parent firm with Canadian headquarters.
However, its US expansion has not been smooth sailing. In 2010 in closed 54 stores in New England because of declining sales, and has had to shutter shops in Maine and New York due to the same issue.