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Huge queues overnight as Tim Hortons opens in Glasgow

First customer rewarded for camping outside with a year's supply of coffee.

Opening: Customers lined up in Glasgow.
Opening: Customers lined up in Glasgow. SWNS.

Tim Hortons has served its first customer in Glasgow as people queued overnight for a taste of the Canadian company's coffee.

Stuart Wightman, 24, was rewarded for camping outside the store on Union Street for 15 hours by winning a year's supply of his favourite drink.

The young father was the first person to get his hands on a "triple, triple, large" cup of coffee.

The customer services assistant from Dumbarton said he was "absolutely delighted".

He said: "I was going to be here at 2pm (on Thursday) but because I was looking after my son I didn't get here until 6pm.

"I had been up for about 29 hours and obviously really needed the coffee, I think I managed to get about four 20-minute naps in during the night.

"I saw on the internet that there was a big hype about it but I was really surprised that it was this big a deal."

Coffee: Stuart Wightman won year's supply.
Coffee: Stuart Wightman won year's supply. SWNS

Despite being the first customer in Europe, he admitted being a stranger to the Tim Hortons brand.

He added: "To be honest, it was just word of mouth that I had heard of it, this is my first time here.

"I'll definitely be coming here a lot, I get two free coffees everyday so they will be coming in handy for the night shifts I work.

"I think they will do really well in Glasgow, the type of food that they sell is really popular here.

"Everyone knows how well Krispy Kremes has done, so I think people really like the whole junk food and coffee dynamic."

Staff dressed as Canadian Mounties greeted eager fans outside the shop on Union Street.

The company's chairman David Clanachan, was born just a few miles away in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, and said he wanted the first European store to be in Glasgow.

He said: "I remember coming over here and going to the shipyards with my grandfather and seeing all my aunties and uncles.

"The demographics in Glasgow were very similar to where we started the chain in Canada to it made sense to open our first UK store here."

Andrea Best, 75, flew all the way from Vancouver, Canada just to be at the big opening.

She said: "Whenever I come over here, which is about once every two years, I have to bring my own coffee and donuts here. So now I don't have to.

"We're big fans of Tim Hortons over in Canada, they have the best coffee in the country. "We just love it."

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