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Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons is planning to bolster its presence in the UK even as the sector continues to face challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The chain is looking to take advantage of the growing demand for drive-through dining.

The Telegraph reported that the chain plans to open locations in ‘every major city and town’ in the coming two years.

The expansion could generate around 2,000 new jobs across the country, the firm told the publication.

Tim Hortons, which opened its first UK location in 2017, currently owns 23 locations in the country.

Tim Hortons UK and Ireland chief commercial officer Kevin Hydes was quoted by the publication as saying: “Despite challenging times for the sector, our drive-thru and flagship locations have delivered exceptional performance and our model is proving to be well attuned to the evolving needs of customers at this time.

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“Having completed our testing of a number of formats, we feel this is a real opportunity for us.”

In August, Tim Hortons chief executive Jose Cil said the chain will continue to pursue its expansion goal globally.

Jose Cil told investors: “We cannot predict exactly when the dust will settle, but we’re confident that we will be well positioned to capitalise on opportunities for growth as we emerge from the crisis and continue toward the 40,000 restaurant goal we talked about last year.”

Last year, Tim Hortons signed an exclusive master franchise and development agreement to launch its brand in Thailand.

The coffee chain also made its entry to China last year, opening its first restaurant in Shanghai.

Established in 1964, Tim Hortons offers a range of menu items such as premium coffee and hot and cold drinks such as lattes, cappuccinos and espresso shots, speciality teas and fruit smoothies.

It is owned by Restaurant Brands International (RBI), the parent company of fast-food brands, including Burger King and Popeye’s Chicken.