York is set to become home to a new Pret A Manger shop as one of Britain’s favourite brands expands in Yorkshire.
The new shop, set to open in Spring inside York train station, will offer a menu of freshly prepared food and organic coffee and teas for customers, all prepared in Pret’s onsite kitchen. Coffees and other hot drinks will be prepared by trained baristas and will be available as part of Pret’s award-winning Coffee Subscription.
Pret has two shops in York already, on Parliament Street and inside the York Designer Outlet, but this is the first time a shop has opened in the train station.
As part of Pret’s expansion, it is rolling out a recruitment programme, aiming to hire at least 3,000 Team Members and baristas by the end of 2023 across the country. Pret has hired 17 new Team Members to work in the new York station shop.
Earlier this month Pret confirmed that it would invest over £9.2 million in staff pay, its biggest pay and benefits increase in its 36-year history.
Commenting on the news, Pano Christou, CEO said:
“Last year we announced an ambitious plan to expand Pret in cities across the country, so we could bring our freshly prepared food and organic coffee to even more people. When thinking about where those new shops would be, it was clear to us that we had to open a new shop in York, as our sales in Yorkshire reached their highest ever levels. We’re looking forward to welcoming those coming and going from York train station into our new shop, soon.”
According to Bloomberg’s Pret Index, a tracker of consumer spending in Pret shops, sales in Yorkshire have consistently been above pre-pandemic levels, outperforming many other areas.
In partnership with The Pret Foundation, the new shop’s surplus food will be donated to local charity Changing Lives, which works with homeless people and victims of domestic abuse.
While customers in York wait for their new shop to open, Pret’s much-loved bake-at-home croissants, granolas and organic coffee can be purchased from various supermarkets across the UK.