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Pret poised for first Canadian store with A&W partnership

Pret A Manger food and beverages will become available in the Canadian market for the first time this summer at an A&W restaurant in Vancouver, with the UK chain set to open its first Canadian outlet if the partnership is successful

A&W locations will launch a Pret menu range and organic coffees in the second quarter of 2022 | Photo credit: Pret A Manger

UK-based food and coffee chain Pret A Manger is poised to commence a two-year partnership with Canadian restaurant chain A&W.

During the two-year trial phase, a range of Pret products will be sold within A&W restaurants in select markets in Canada, with the first shop to trial the Pret brand scheduled to open this summer in Vancouver. 

As first announced in October 2021, the participating A&W locations will serve a range of Pret-branded food and beverages. 

According to a Pret A Manger statement, A&W's Food Services division will have exclusive franchisee rights to expand the Pret brand across Canada if the trial is successful. 

"Last year, we set out our ambitions to expand into new markets and bring Pret to more people worldwide. I'm excited to confirm that Pret will be coming to customers in Canada this summer through our franchisee agreement with A&W. We know Canadians have long been calling for Pret in their community. Thanks to this new partnership, we're finally able to bring our freshly made food and 100% organic coffee to Canada as part of a two-year trial," said Pano Christou, CEO at Pret A Manger. 

A&W operates more than 1,000 restaurants across Canada. 

Pret announced plans last year to double the size of its business by 2023 by opening 200 new stores in the UK and Ireland and enter new international markets. In May, Pret A Manger was reported as having entered franchise negotiations with Reliance Retail that could see the UK coffee and food-to-go chain enter the Indian market. 

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