Sandwich chain EAT. closes business for good

The company has announced on its website that after 24 years, it's time to say goodbye...

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The coffee and sandwich chain Eat. has closed its business for good.

The company has uploaded a notice to its website:

“After 24 years of creating, making and serving real food, it is time for us to say goodbye.

“It was our mission to deliver Excellence and Taste to you, our customers, day in, day out, and we believe we achieved this.

“So Thank You to all our wonderful customers; from the morning coffee drinkers, to the quick pit-stop shoppers and the lunch time regulars.

“We've loved every minute of our journey.

“Love, The EAT. Team.”

However, the company will continue to operate in Paris Gare Du Nord (under its Franchise Partner SSP) and in Spain (under Franchise partner Ibersol).

Pret rebrand

Eat. was founded in 1996 by Niall and Faith MacArthur. It was bought by Pret in May 2019. At the time, Pret said it was looking to rebrand as many of Eat’s 94 stores into its Veggie Pret concept to meet the growing demand for plant-based options.

Eat had been struggling with significant losses, and had already been exploring the possibility of shutting stores when the buyout happened. It lost £173m on sales of just short of £95m in the 2018-2019 financial year.

Some stores had already closed in 2019, but the latest announcement looks like all will now be going.

The first Eat store opened in October 1996 in Villiers Street, London, next to Charing Cross railway station. All the produce was freshly made, like Pret’s is.

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