Pret secures Northern Ireland foothold

By James McAllister

- Last updated on GMT

Pret A Manger secures Northern Ireland foothold

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Pret A Manger will open its first site in Northern Ireland later this year in Belfast city centre.

The site on Donegall Square West will be operated by its longstanding franchise partner Carebrook Partnership Ltd, and will create up to 20 new jobs in the city.

Pret says it has an ambition to open 20 shops across the island of Ireland in the next decade in partnership with Carebrook. It already operates three sites in the Republic of Ireland capital of Dublin, all of which have launched in the last 18 months.

“We’re delighted to be opening Pret’s first-ever shop in Northern Ireland as part of our ambitious plans to bring Pret to more people,” says Clare Clough, UK & Ireland managing director at Pret A Manger.

“We’ve long heard that Belfast locals and visitors would love to have a Pret, so we can’t wait to welcome them to our new shop right in the heart of the city with our longstanding franchise partner Carebrook, who has had much success operating Pret shops in the UK and on the island of Ireland”.

Pret now operates in 15 markets on three continents and expects to have over 700 shops worldwide by the end of 2023.

Last month, Pret announced that half year revenue in 2023 reached £429.9m, growing by 20.2% compared with the same period in 2022​.

International expansion has been listed by the chain as a key driver of this growth, with international sales now accounting for 18.9% of Pret’s revenue.

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