Iconic Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons is opening its first restaurant in Northern Ireland.
The chain's new store opens in Belfast's Fountain Street at noon on Friday.
It is the first of a number of locations planned to open in Northern Ireland over the coming year creating scores of new jobs at all levels.
The queue for the opening of Belfast's first Tim Horton's store is mad. It's opening at 12noon, think the first 100 get freebies 🍩🍩 pic.twitter.com/XpBoJiWWZs— Rebecca Black (@RBlackPA) May 25, 2018
And on opening day, the first 100 people in the line will receive a free lunch once the doors open, and the first person in the queue will win a year’s supply of free Tim Hortons famous brewed coffee.
Professional ice hockey player Tim Horton opened his first shop in 1964 aiming to create a space where everyone would feel at home. Over half a century later, the chain claims, nearly eight out of 10 cups of coffee are sold and over 5million Canadians visit a Tim Hortons on a daily basis.
The first Tim Hortons opened in the UK in Glasgow in June 2017 with fans travelling from across the country and queuing overnight to sample its famed goods. There are now 17 outlets across the country.
Kevin Hydes, chief finance and commercial officer of the Tim Hortons franchise in the UK said: “We are thrilled to be bringing our famous brewed coffee, baked goods and freshly-prepared food to the people of Belfast. Following the success of our recent restaurant openings in Scotland, Wales and in England, we can’t wait to bring a taste of Canada to Northern Ireland."