Pret A Manger is known for its fresh food and beverage menu for “take away” that has already conquered millions of British consumers. The name Pret A Manger (literally “ready to eat”) was inspired by the French concept of ready to wear – “prêt-à-porter” – clothing. Pret A Manger claims that their food is always fresh and prepared in house: “We offer our food to charity at the end of each day rather than keep it over”.
The first Pret A Manger shop was opened in London in 1986 by Jeffrey Hyman. In the beginning, they sold French inspired take-away food. Today they sell all types of sandwiches, baguettes and salad wraps, desserts, hot and cold drinks, as well as sushi, salads and soups – ideal for those in a hurry, which is why their concept works equally well as a big fast food corner shop or a small boutique in an airport or a train station.
Unlike many other fast food chains, however, they don’t franchise. To date, they have 289 stores in the UK, 50 in New York, Washington D.C., Boston and Chicago (mainly in business districts), 14 in Hong Kong and 10 in Paris. Their turn over is roughly £450 million a year.
Don’t miss them this year at MAPIC! This will be the best opportunity to discuss with them about their expansion plans, potential partnerships and industrial property development.
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