HUMAN RESOURCES | Staff Reporter, UK

Pret A Manger to close six shops, expects challenges over next months

400 roles are at risk of redundancy.

Expecting challenges over the coming six months, Pret A Manger said it will be making “further changes” to its UK business, including the closure of six of its shops.

The sandwich and coffee chain said it will be consulting on a number of adjustments within specific areas of the company, expecting to result in the loss of 400 jobs.

Over the last four months, Pret said it experienced sales growth, with consecutive weeks of trading progress since April. However, it revealed that growth has slowed since the end of September as COVID-19 infection rates have increased.

“It’s absolutely right that we take steps to stop the spread of the virus and tackle the new wave of infections. Sadly, the result of the rise in infections and the necessary shift in public health guidance mean that our recovery has slowed,” Pret’s UK managing director Clare Clough said in a statement.

 “We’ve said all along that it’s up to Pret to decide our own future and that we must adapt to the new situation we find ourselves in. That’s why we have to make these further changes as we continue to transform our business model and prepare for the six months ahead.”

“We are doing everything we can to support our team members and to prevent further job losses at Pret,” she added.

The company recently launched a new coffee subscription service and a retail coffee offering with Amazon, and also announced a new strategic partnership with Moto. The first Pret Moto shop at Cherwell Valley is scheduled to open in December, with a second shop planned at Moto’s new Rugby service area in early 2021.

Currently, Pret has 389 shops in the UK, including 266 in London, as well as a further 156 shops internationally.

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