Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons is to open its first drive-through site in Northern Ireland.

Located in Belfast’s Connswater Shopping Centre and Retail Park, the site is the brand’s second in Northern Ireland and follows the opening of a store on Fountain Street, Belfast, in May.

“When we opened our first Belfast restaurant, we were completely blown away by the excitement and we’ve been doing roaring trade ever since,” said Kevin Hydes, chief finance and commercial officer of the Tim Hortons UK franchise.

The business made its UK debut in May 2017, opening in Glasgow, and has since opened further sites in Cardiff and Manchester. It offers a menu including its signature coffee and Timbits, as well as its bite-sized doughnuts.

Hydes added that the business was in the process of identifying a number of sites across Northern Ireland in the coming few years.

“We have some work to do before we open in Connswater Retail Park and look forward to working with Belfast City Council’s planning department to expedite the process so we can start trading in East Belfast as quickly as possible.”

The Tim Hortons brand was founded by its namesake, a top ice hockey player, in Canada in 1964 and now has 4,700 sites in Canada, the US, and around the world.