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Pret A Manger announces plan to expand across Canada

Pret A Manger announces plan to expand across Canada

Pret A Manger announces plan to expand across Canada

If your lunch lacks lustre, there’s a new fast-casual chain entering the Canadian market that’s guaranteed to give you some new, exciting eats.

Pret A Manger, a British export with more than 500 stores worldwide, has announced plans to infiltrate the Canadian market, bringing its menu of fresh, seasonal sandwiches, sweets, snacks and more to a new crowd.

Opened in 1986 in London, England, Pret A Manger (meaning “ready to eat” in French) brought a novel approach to fast food to the bustling city. With a focus on freshly-prepared sandwiches, soups and salads, organic coffee and a simple menu of treats, the chain appealed to commuters, office workers and those hoping to replace greasy street eats with healthier options.

Rapid expansion led to locations around the world, from New York City to Hong Kong, Dubai, Singapore and beyond. In London, the chain grew to include over 300 locations.

Still, Canada has remained Pret-less—until now. On Oct. 25, the company announced that it had reached an agreement with A&W Food Services of Canada to introduce the Pret brand to Canada.

“We’re still at the early stages, but we’re really pleased to have agreed terms with A&W to bring our freshly made food and 100 per cent organic coffee to Canada. Last month we said our aim was to expand into five new markets, and Canada is a fantastic country to start,” said Pret A Manger CEO Pano Christou in a press release.

Pret is partnering with A&W Food Services for the expansion into Canada. This will include an initial two-year trial and then, if successful, “A&W will be granted exclusive rights to expand the Pret brand across Canada,” reads the release.

After a difficult couple of years, accentuated by pandemic-driven closures and layoffs, Pret is looking at new markets and ways to reach new customers. “The pandemic has shown that even at the darkest moments, more people want to experience Pret and I’m looking forward to working with A&W and seeing how Canadians take to the great taste of Pret,” reads Christou’s statement.

Though there’s no word on where and when Pret's Canadian locations will open, the GTA seems a likely candidate. Will we soon be feasting on Thanksgiving Lunch sandwiches bursting with the flavours of the holiday, Cheddar and tomato triangles and the shop’s famous Brownie Bites chased down with organic lattes? Here’s hoping.

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Pret A Manger announces plan to expand across Canada

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Pret A Manger announces plan to expand across Canada

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If your lunch lacks lustre, there’s a new fast-casual chain entering the Canadian market that’s guaranteed to give you some new, exciting eats.

Pret A Manger, a British export with more than 500 stores worldwide, has announced plans to infiltrate the Canadian market, bringing its menu of fresh, seasonal sandwiches, sweets, snacks and more to a new crowd.

Opened in 1986 in London, England, Pret A Manger (meaning “ready to eat” in French) brought a novel approach to fast food to the bustling city. With a focus on freshly-prepared sandwiches, soups and salads, organic coffee and a simple menu of treats, the chain appealed to commuters, office workers and those hoping to replace greasy street eats with healthier options.

Rapid expansion led to locations around the world, from New York City to Hong Kong, Dubai, Singapore and beyond. In London, the chain grew to include over 300 locations.

Still, Canada has remained Pret-less—until now. On Oct. 25, the company announced that it had reached an agreement with A&W Food Services of Canada to introduce the Pret brand to Canada.

“We’re still at the early stages, but we’re really pleased to have agreed terms with A&W to bring our freshly made food and 100 per cent organic coffee to Canada. Last month we said our aim was to expand into five new markets, and Canada is a fantastic country to start,” said Pret A Manger CEO Pano Christou in a press release.

Pret is partnering with A&W Food Services for the expansion into Canada. This will include an initial two-year trial and then, if successful, “A&W will be granted exclusive rights to expand the Pret brand across Canada,” reads the release.

After a difficult couple of years, accentuated by pandemic-driven closures and layoffs, Pret is looking at new markets and ways to reach new customers. “The pandemic has shown that even at the darkest moments, more people want to experience Pret and I’m looking forward to working with A&W and seeing how Canadians take to the great taste of Pret,” reads Christou’s statement.

Though there’s no word on where and when Pret's Canadian locations will open, the GTA seems a likely candidate. Will we soon be feasting on Thanksgiving Lunch sandwiches bursting with the flavours of the holiday, Cheddar and tomato triangles and the shop’s famous Brownie Bites chased down with organic lattes? Here’s hoping.

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Pret A Manger Canada

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