Pret is finally opening more locations

The coffee and lunch chain will be opening shops nationwide for takeaway and delivery

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Pret are opening some of their locations across the country, in addition to the 10 that are already open and the further 20 that opened for a safety trial.

In a blog post, Pano Christou, the chain’s CEO, said a trial in 30 of its stores gave him the ‘confidence’ to reopen 70 more from Monday, May 11. Locations in Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester, will be opening, among others.

Mr Christou said: ‘The Pret experience for both our customers and teams will continue to feel very different.

‘For example, each shop will be fitted with Perspex screens at the tills, we will restrict the number of customers in our shops, we’ll provide hand sanitiser for customers, and face coverings to our team members who prefer to wear one.’

This is clearly related to the news last week that Pret was in a dire economic state. It was reported that Pret was seeking an emergency bailout, and struggling to stay afloat during the coronavirus lockdown. They needed an eye watering £87 million from global banks to make up for the lockdown losses.

Mr Christou told the Financial Times: ‘As a business coming out of this, we might look different, possibly smaller. I wish I could tell you in six months what size of Pret will be. What I can tell you is that Pret will still be there.’

Good news for rainbow wrap lovers, I'm sure. At present, there's a Pret on almost every corner in central London. If many of these were to go, the city would look, and taste, quite different.

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