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Pret a Manger in post-pandemic plan to expand beyond big city centres

Restaurant to open about 100 outlets and 100 franchises, as branches in regional towns ‘busier than ever’

Pret a Manger is plotting to expand outside London and other big city centres as large numbers of office workers continue to work from home, with plans to open 100 franchised shops, plus about 100 of its own outlets.

The coffee and sandwich chain has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic as its city centre outlets suffered from the absence of commuters and tourists. But the company said that in some regional towns its shops were busier than they had ever been.

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