PRET A MANGER TO OPEN FIRST SHOP IN NORTHERN IRELAND
Pret announces first shop in Northern Ireland will open in Belfast later this year, creating 20 new jobs in the city
New shop is Pret’s fourth on the island of Ireland; ambition is to open 20 within the next decade with franchise partner Carebrook Partnership Ltd
In partnership with The Pret Foundation, Pret is looking for local charities to donate the new shop’s surplus food to
16th August 2023: Pret A Manger’s first shop in Northern Ireland is set to open later this year in Belfast city centre, operated by its longstanding franchise partner Carebrook Partnership Ltd. The latest opening continues Pret’s mission to bring its freshly made food and organic coffee to more people around the world, including an ambition to open 20 shops across the island of Ireland in the next decade. Opening later this year, locals and visitors to the new shop on Belfast’s Donegall Square West will soon be able to enjoy Pret’s extensive menu of freshly made food and organic coffee. The shop is Pret’s fourth on the island of Ireland, having opened three shops in the Republic of Ireland capital, Dublin, in the last 18 months. The new opening will create up to 20 new jobs in the city, with Pret looking to recruit in a number of roles, including Team Members, Managers and Baristas. Staff can earn up to £12.30 per hour depending on role, location, experience and bonus inclusion. Staff will also have access to a benefits package which includes free food and drink while on shift, as well as a discounts portal. Coffees, teas and other hot and iced drinks will be prepared by trained baristas, while a menu of freshly made sandwiches, salads and hot-food options, alongside snacks, baked good and cold drinks will also be available. Pret now operates in 15 markets on three continents and expects to have over 700 shops worldwide by the end of 2023. Earlier this year, 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 a key driver of this growth, with international sales now accounting for 18.9% of Pret’s revenue. Clare Clough, UK & Ireland Managing Director at Pret A Manger, said: “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. 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”. Gerard Loughran, Chief Executive at the Carebrook Partnership Ltd, added: “This new opening in Belfast is an important milestone for our partnership with Pret, and it’s fantastic to finally be bringing the Pret brand to Northern Ireland. The new shop will create 20 jobs in the city and we hope it can become a hotspot for locals and visitors alike. We’re excited to welcome our first customers later this year, where they can enjoy the freshly made food and coffee Pret is known for”. In partnership with The Pret Foundation, Pret is on the look-out for local charities to donate surplus food to at the end of each day. Interested local charities should contact The Pret Foundation via Pret.FoundationUK@pret.com.