United News International (UNI) – Soon people in China will have more options on where to grab that morning cup of coffee.
The Canadian coffee and doughnut shop chain, Tim Hortons, announced Wednesday, July 11 its plan to open more than 1,500 branches in China over the next 10 years.
China is the world’s second-largest economy and the company cites its vibrant growth as one reason for expansion there.
Tim Hortons is owned by Burger King and Popeyes parent company Restaurant Brands and has experienced some decline in sales over the last two years.
Expanding into China is reportedly a timely move as coffee is becoming increasingly more popular in the country which has been known to favor tea instead.
Tim Hortons isn’t the only coffee brand seeking opportunities in China, Starbucks announced in May it plans to nearly triple store locations there to 6,000.
Other food chains including McDonalds, KFC and Pizza Hut also have a major presence in China.