Mason Moore & Vaughan Moore | 7 December 2021
A RECENTLY-CLOSED Pizza Hut branch, located on Grove Farm Triangle, next to Sainsbury’s, is looking to become a Tim Hortons drive-thru restaurant.
The proposed new lease of life for the building was revealed in documents obtained by the Free Press, which were lodged with Blaby District Council, showing that it could soon re-open once again as a newly-renovated drive-through coffee restaurant.
This now means a question mark no longer hangs over the head of its former users, as Pizza Hut left some people stumped in their statement a day ago, exclaiming that the sudden closure on Wednesday, November 29, was due to ‘reasons beyond their control’.
The plans were quietly lodged on 20 July by an agent from Tim Hortons UK and Ireland.
The popular Canadian coffee giant is no stranger to the people of Leicester, having opened the doors to their city centre branch back on 28 November 2019.
One drive-thru lane would be created and its presence would be made known by an illuminated sign showing a Tim’s coffee cup with their iconic burgundy red colouring.
To further make its presence known, they would install 9 illuminated signs, 1 ‘totem’ sign, 2 non-illuminated height restriction signs, and 6 illuminated information signs.
The building will be re-cladded, fitted with new glazing, and see alterations made to car parking, the bin store, servicing arrangements, and landscaping.
A new service window will be created at the western elevation of the building with new glazing alongside and to the west of the main entrance.
A new ‘store area’ will be made at the north of the building, with a separate bin store.
Plans would combine ‘essential’ works with a ‘more comprehensive’ upgrade to the building to make it more modern and reflect Tim Hortons national rollout in the UK.
A new portal structure would be made around the main entrance and another around the service window.
Cream cladding will help show the ‘key’ features, with the service window and main door picked out in red.
Black and brown paint will cover the building’s brickwork and frames – and metal cladding will help to encase the facades which are above the window level that hide the current roof.
The existing hard standing is to be cleaned and repaired where it is necessary.
Roof signage which once read ‘Pizza Hut’ would read “Tim Hortons” and “drive-thru” – and more signage would be installed around the site to support the drive-thru facility.
The amount of proposed employees or its trading hours are not yet known.
This is not the first time Tim’s have transformed former Pizza Huts into drive-thrus.
They have done this in Wolverhampton – and are in the process of converting former Huts in Weston-super-Mare and Northampton, which are ‘coming soon’, per their website.
At the time of publication (Tuesday, 7 December), no opening date or statement has been provided by Tim Hortons themselves on social media or to the Free Press directly.