Pret A Manger expanding in North American, European transport hubs

Pret A Manger has signed deals to open throughout North American airports as well as inside European airports and railway stations.

Under the agreement, Rozzano, Italy-based Autogrill Group, which has more than 300 brands in 31 countries worldwide, will manage the North American openings through its subsidiary HMSHost, while HMSHost International will run operations in Europe, according to a company press release.

The first two Pret shops will open in the Copenhagen Airport at the beginning of 2018, followed by the opening of another in The Netherlands. 

"This agreement with Pret enables us to bring one of the world's most successful brands into more airports and train stations," Autogrill Chief Marketing Officer Ezio Balarini, said in the release. "This will contribute to enriching our portfolio of over 300 brands with a one-of-a kind offering.

Pret's menu of freshly made nutritious food to go is perfect for busy travelers, Pret Partnership Director Michael Haley said in the release. 

"We're already present in numerous transport hubs in the UK, France, Hong Kong, Dubai and Singapore,” he said. "Choosing the right partner is very important to Pret. We admire the strength of Autogrill's operations and have already hosted their Danish team in our UK shops for training in preparation for the Copenhagen Airport opening." 

Pret, founded in 1986, in London, has more than 440 stores in seven countries worldwide in the United Kingdom, United States, Hong Kong, France, China, Dubai and Singapore. 


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