The Canadian coffee chain has opened its first outlets in Kuwait, marking further international expansion following its recent debut in India
AG Café said Kuwait represents an essential market for Tim Hortons’ Middle East expansion | Photo credit: AG Café
Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons has launched its first five stores in Kuwait in partnership with its Middle East franchisee AG Café.
The stores have been designed with the brand’s Canadian origins in mind but tailored to attract Kuwaiti consumers.
AG Café said Kuwait represents an essential market for Tim Hortons’ Middle East expansion and is targeting fast growth of the brand across the country, although growth targets have not been disclosed.
“The Kuwaiti people share a lavish taste when it comes to food & beverages. We are delighted to be bringing the authentic Tim Hortons experience to this unique market,” said Hesham Almekkawi, CEO, AG Café.
The launch event was attended by H.E. Aliya Mawani, Ambassador of Canada to the State of Kuwait.
“I am very excited that Tim Hortons is opening in Kuwait. Tim’s – as it’s affectionately known in Canada – is an iconic Canadian coffee brand that our friends in Kuwait will now be able to taste and enjoy here at home. I’m pleased to be able to support Tim Hortons in their launch and future expansion, as this is yet another example of the strong and deepening ties between Canada and Kuwait,” she said.
Founded in 1964, Tim Hortons is Canada’s largest coffee chain and began opening stores internationally in 2011. The company currently operates more than 5,100 outlets across 14 countries and regions, including the Middle East, China, the UK, Mexico, Spain, Thailand and the Philippines.
AG Café is a joint venture between retail conglomerate Apparel Group and investment company Gateway Partners. It currently operates 235 Tim Hortons outlets in the region and recently launched the first Tim Hortons stores in India in August 2022.