US supermarket group Tops Friendly Markets has teamed up with Tim Hortons coffee stores to provide a "double" service for customers.

The agreement, announced today (8 October), will see 82 Tops full-service supermarkets and Tops Express locations paired with either a Tim Hortons full-service restaurant or a self-serve kiosk.

The Tops stores taking part in the agreement are located in Western New York, Rochester, Central New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania.

"We are excited about the mutually exclusive partnership between Tops and Tim Hortons," said Frank Curci, Tops' president and CEO. "We're two strong and growing brands in the markets we serve and we share a common goal of meeting the needs of our time-sensitive customers while providing them with quality products."

The Tim Hortons restaurants in Tops locations will feature premium coffee, other beverages and fresh baked goods.

Plans include up to 20 full-service restaurants as part of the 82 locations, and 62 self-serve locations.

When opened, the new locations will bring the Tim Hortons total restaurant count in the US to 488, excluding other locations planned for the remainder of 2008. It is expected that several of the self-serve kiosks will be converted over time to full-service locations.