CANADIAN restaurant brand Tim Hortons has opened its first ever restaurant in the North East - and people queued for hours to get in.

The new restaurant and drive-thru at Washington began welcoming customers for coffee, donuts and meals yesterday and will be open from 6am to midnight, seven days a week.

The highly anticipated restaurant opened its doors at Galleries Retail Park yesterday and celebrated by gifting the first drive-thru and restaurant customer free coffee, every day for the whole year - a prize worth £3,100.

It also gave away a free breakfast meal to its first 100 customers.

The brand is running a month of giveaways including free drinks and donuts, as well as exclusive deals including any breakfast meal for £1.99.

These promotions will be available to anyone who activates their Tim Hortons digital card - redeemed via scanning a QR code within the store or by visiting the digital wallet here.

The Northern Echo:

Kevin Hydes, Chief Commercial Officer of Tim Hortons franchise in the UK, said: “We opened the doors of our first restaurant in the North East this morning and couldn’t be more thrilled by the response from the Washington community and surrounding areas.

"It’s always extra special opening in a new region where there are new customers eager to try our famed offering, as well as excitement from existing fans.

"Our wonderful team have been training hard behind the scenes to ensure every customer has the quality experience we’re so well known for and we cannot wait to welcome each and every guest through the door.”



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