The Barcelona store is the first of 70 Pret A Manger outlets franchisee Ibersol Group plans to open in Spain and Portugal over the next decade
Pret A Manger, Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport, Spain | Photo credit: Pret A Manger
Pret A Manger has opened its first store in Spain, a 5,700sq ft outlet at Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport in partnership with Portugal-based franchisee Ibersol Group.
The UK coffee and food-to-go chain announced its franchise partnership with the multi-brand restaurant operator in June 2022 as part of wider plans to double the size of its business within five years.
Ibersol Group plans to open 70 Pret A Manger stores across Spain and Portugal by 2033 with a focus on major cities and key transport hubs.
“Pret’s growth around Europe is well underway, and we’re delighted to be bringing our freshly made food and organic coffee to even more people across the region. Opening our first Pret A Manger in Spain is another huge moment for Pret, and something I’ve been personally excited for. Ibersol is the perfect partner to help us introduce the Pret experience to people in Barcelona first, then across the Spain and Portugal,” said Pano Christou, CEO of Pret A Manger.
Pret A Manger currently operates more than 660 stores across 16 markets globally.
Its first store in Spain forms part of an outlet expansion drive across continental Europe which saw the chain debut in Luxembourg and Italy earlier this year.
In June 2023 global travel concession operator SSP Group acquired franchise rights to scale Pret A Manger in German-speaking Switzerland, where it currently has eight stores.
Last month, Pret A Manger announced plans to more than double its presence in Germany, with five new outlets slated to open in Berlin by the end of 2023 via new franchise partner PM Nord GmbH.
Alongside 450 stores in its native UK market, Pret A Manger also operates in Ireland, France and Belgium, as well as the US, Canada, UAE, Kuwait, India, Hong Kong and Singapore.