01/27/2015 03:57 EST | Updated 03/29/2015 05:59 EDT

Tim Hortons Job Cuts Will Create Better Chain, Company Says

TORONTO - Tim Hortons is laying off an unspecified number of employees at its headquarters in a reorganization of its operations.

The coffee chain, which was taken over by Burger King Worldwide last year, did not immediately respond to questions about how many employees would be cut at its Oakville, Ont., offices.

Earlier: Half Of Tim Hortons' Headquarters, Regional Offices To Be Laid Off

Staff at the headquarters are not protected under a promise by Burger King to maintain current job levels at Tim Hortons franchises across Canada for five years.

Tim Hortons spokeswoman Alexandra Cygal says the reorganization creates "tremendous opportunities for some of our employees in new roles and promotions."

She says the new operation will be faster and more efficient.

The combination of Burger King and the coffee and doughnut chain, together called Restaurant Brands International (TSX:QSR), is part of what leaders at the company have said is a more aggressive expansion of the Tim Hortons brand into international markets.

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