Tim Hortons reaches 250-store milestone in the Middle East

The Canadian coffee chain says it plans to double its current Middle East footprint and reach 500 outlets in the region by 2025

Tim Hortons is targeting 500 stores across the Middle East by 2025.  | Photo credit: AG Café


Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons has opened its 250th store across the Middle East with a new store at Dubai’s Mirdif City Centre shopping mall. 

The company said it had achieved the highest growth of any single food and beverage brand in the Middle East in 2022, opening 71 outlets across the region since that start of 2022. 

In November 2022 Tim Hortons announced it had achieved 26% outlet growth in international stores this year. Third quarter sales growth for its international outlets increased 21% to reach $300m.  

Tim Hortons is targeting 500 stores across the Middle East by 2025. 

The company currently operates more than 230 stores across Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, and will launch in Egypt in 2023. 

Tim Hortons’ franchise partner in the Middle East is AG Café, a joint venture between retail conglomerate Apparel Group and investment company Gateway Partners. AG Café launched the first Tim Hortons store in the region in Dubai in 20211.  

More recently the company helped Tim Hortons launch in India in August 2022 and is set to launch the first Tim Hortons store in Pakistan

World Coffee Portal research indicates the total Middle East coffee shop market grew 10.5% over the last 12 months to reach 8,874 outlets. 

Most of the region’s branded café markets are forecast to achieve healthy near-term growth as consumer appetite for aspirational hospitality experiences shows no sign of slowing. World Coffee Portal forecasts the Middle East’s branded coffee shop market will reach 11,840 outlets in 2027. 

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