Pret A Manger to open 200 UK stores in new locations

Pret A Manger is planning to hire 3,000 more staff by the end of 2023 as it looks to expand.

The coffee and sandwich chain cut thousands of jobs last year when its business was hammered by Covid-19 restrictions that forced office workers to work from home.

Its transformation plan launched in the summer of 2020 brought changes in the way the business serves customers, including its Coffee Subscription service which offers up to five hot drinks every day for £20 a month, as well as new partnerships with Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Amazon and other retailers to sell bake-at-home frozen croissants, granolas and coffee.

With trade now approaching pre-pandemic levels, Pret plans to open more than 200 shops over the next two years, shifting its focus from city centres to suburban areas, railways stations and motorway service areas.

The company is hoping that the recent announcement of a 5% pay rise for its cafe workers will help attract staff.

In addition to its growth plan for the UK, Pret is targeting entry to five new markets by the end of 2023 and within the next five years it aims to double the size of its business.

Pret currently employs nearly 8,000 people around the world, including around 6,400 in the UK. It operates approximately 550 outlets in the UK, United States, France, Dubai and Hong Kong.