With several stores across the globe, Pret A Manger, often referred to as Pret, renowned and loved for its organic coffee and fresh food options, has announced that it will be opening in South Africa.
The official announcement follows an official landmark development agreement between Pret and Millat Group, a leading financial advisory and private equity firm. The signed agreement provides Millat with the exclusive licence to operate.
With an astounding global footprint of 650 stores in 18 countries, this will be the first time Pret makes its way to Africa.
Pret A Manger
The first Pret A Manger will open in Johannesburg with an opening date yet to be confirmed. A number of branches will then be opened across the country, in Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria.
CEO of Millat Group Hamza Farooqui says, “Pret A Manger has the best-in-class offering of organic grab-and-go and a food-service offering that stands out,” adding that the partnership “is in line with Millat’s strategy of bringing global brands into South Africa”.
Pret A Manger
Solidifying itself as a brand known for its premium organic coffee and fresh food offering, Pret A Manger opened its first store in 1986 and has soared to heights, with stores across the globe in countries such as Hong Kong, France, India, Ireland and the likes.
Pret A Manger offers freshly handmade sandwiches, salads and wraps, utilising high-quality ingredients to create an unforgettable experience for foodies. Not only is the coffee organic, but Pret A Manger prides itself on applying this to both the teas and hot chocolates, ensuring consistency with all drinks offered.
“Bringing Pret’s freshly made food and organic coffee to the African continent for the first time marks a major milestone in our international expansion. Partnering with the Millat Group to launch Pret in South Africa is hugely exciting, with our Johannesburg shop set to be the first of many in the South African market. The partnership aligns with Millat’s vision of fostering entrepreneurship within South Africa, driving economic growth, and providing a service that will enhance the daily lives of South Africans. We look forward to welcoming customers right across the country in the coming months and years,” says Pano Christou, Chief Executive Officer at Pret A Manger.