Pret a Manger is planning to expand beyond city centres as branches in regional towns are “busier than they have ever been”. The coffee shop chain could boost its presence in towns and travel hubs as the company grapples with the impact of the Covid pandemic. Pret has been hit hard by lockdowns and the move to homeworking, with fewer tourists, shoppers and commuters heading into city centres where many of its outlets are based.
“Over the past few years, we’ve seen there’s a real demand from customers in different parts of the country for our freshly prepared food and organic coffee,” a spokesperson for Pret said.
“In some areas, such as regional towns and parts of northern England, our shops are busier than they have ever been.” They added: “We’re looking to establish new partnerships with franchise partners to bring Pret to more people in towns and travel hubs across the UK, and we’re also looking at where we can open more shops which we run directly.”