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Inside a Pret a Manger, Strand, London
Inside a Pret a Manger, Strand, London

Pret A Manger (informally "Pret") is a UK sandwich retailer. As of January 2007, some stores are being rebranded to just "Pret". The company was founded in London in 1986 by friends Sinclair Beecham and Julian Metcalfe who met while studying property law at the Polytechnic of Central London, now the University of Westminster. The company's marketing emphasizes a passion for food, with all items made from natural ingredients (apart from items in the bakery, which contain trans fats) with a minimum of preservatives. All sandwiches are made on the day of purchase in a kitchen at each location. The company states that those left unsold at the end of the day are collected by charities that provide food to the homeless. Sandwiches are packaged in cardboard rather than sealed plastic, to emphasize that they are fresh and cannot be kept overnight. Pret a Manger, Strand, London, October 2004. ... Pret a Manger, Strand, London, October 2004. ... Strand, May 2001 St. ... An Italian sandwich. ... A drawing of a self-service store Retailing consists of the sale of goods/merchandise for personal or household consumption either from a fixed location such as a department store or kiosk, or away from a fixed location and related subordinated services (Definition of the WTO (last page). ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The University of Westminster is a university in London, England, formed in 1992 as a result of the Further and Higher Education Act, 1992, which allowed the London Polytechnic (Polytechnic of Central London or PCL ) to rename itself as a university. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... A trans fatty acid (commonly shortened to trans fat) is an unsaturated fatty acid molecule that contains a trans double bond between carbon atoms, which makes the molecule less kinked compared to cis fat. Research suggests a correlation between diets high in trans fats and diseases like atherosclerosis and coronary... A preservative is a natural or synthetic chemical that is added to products such as foods, pharmaceuticals, paints, biological samples, etc. ... An Italian sandwich. ... A homeless man pushes a cart down the street. ... Corrugated cardboard. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


The name is from the French phrase prêt à manger, meaning "ready to eat".


In 2001, McDonald's bought a 33% non-controlling stake in the company. Pret then expanded to New York (10 stores) and Hong Kong (10 stores). Unlike other fast food outlets, Pret a Manger is not a franchise. 85% of their trade is in London (where around three-quarters of their stores are located). It is still a private partnership, so its accounts are not open to the public. McDonalds Corporation (NYSE: MCD) is the worlds largest chain of fast-food restaurants, primarily selling hamburgers, chicken, french fries, milkshakes and soft drinks. ... Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham, NYC, City That Never Sleeps, The Concrete Jungle, The City So Nice They Named It Twice Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1676 Government  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area... Fast food is food prepared and served quickly at a fast-food restaurant or shop at low cost. ... Franchising (from the French for honesty[citation needed]) is a method of doing business wherein a franchisor licenses trademarks and tried and proven methods of doing business to a franchisee in exchange for a recurring payment, and usually a percentage piece of gross sales or gross profits as well as...


The menu includes sandwiches, filled baguettes, soup, salad, and coffee. It also prepares desserts, muffins (the American variety), cakes, and croissants. A baguette (French for little stick) is a variety of bread distinguishable by its much greater length than width, and noted for its very crispy crust. ... Soup is a food that is made by combining ingredients, such as meat, vegetables and beans in stock or hot water, until the flavor is extracted, forming a broth. ... Salad Platter Salad is a term applied broadly to many food preparations that are a mixture of chopped or sliced ingredients. ... A cup of coffee Workers sorting and pulping coffee beans in Guatemala Coffee is a widely consumed beverage prepared from the roasted seeds—commonly referred to as beans—of the coffee plant. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A croissant. ...


Messages in the store, on the packaging and on the website remind customers of the company's ideology; messages are often numbered: "Pret passion fact no. 74" for example. The packaging and website include recipes for some of their products, supposedly so the customer can make himself or herself a sandwich when all Pret a Manger locations in a community are closed or if the customer lives or works too far away from a Pret a Manger outlet. A sticker on a pack of sandwiches says:

No factory ★ No Shelf-life ★ Made in-store ★ No 'display until' ★ No obscure chemicals
Because only pret can share our recipes and create preservative free goodies using natural ingredients delivered before dawn to every Pret shop. Passionate chefs, hours of preparation and loads of proper fresh food.

As of November 2006, there are 155 UK stores, 118 of which are in London.


Staff

In 1998 the company employed 1,400 people, of whom 19% were from Britain and 60% were from other European Union countries, mainly in Eastern Europe. Pret a Manger only picks 1 in every 14 applicants. Applicants go on a one day experience day at a store and their success is determined by the other staff members who vote the applicant in or not. There is a big focus on development internally and many managers and senior executives have come from within the company.


Criticism

Prices are seen by some as being high when compared with other sandwich retailers, earning the company the nickname "Pret A Mortgage" (or sometimes "Get A Mortgage") among detractors.


Sources

The Economist is a weekly news and international affairs publication owned by The Economist Newspaper Ltd and edited in London, UK. It has been in continuous publication since September 1843. ... September 24 is the 267th day of the year (268th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ...

External links

  • Company website
  • Guardian article: Mine's a McLatte
  • SandwichGuide.co.uk Reviews Pret Sandwiches
  • Fast Company articles:Recipe for Reinvention

  Results from FactBites:
 
Telegraph | News (774 words)
Pret A Manger, the food chain which has grown from humble beginnings to more than 100 stores across Britain, has launched a campaign against a European-wide ban on its stocks of crayfish.
Pret A Manger customers are now being invited to join a campaign to reverse the blanket ban and put crayfish back on the menu.
Pret's unusual recipes have taken the British sandwich market by storm since the company was set up in 1986 by Sinclair Beecham and Julian Metcalfe, one-time office workers who were tired of the unappetising fare on offer for their hurried lunches.
Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | G2: Pret a Manger goes global (2116 words)
Pret has always been clear about who its customers are - at £1.20 for a tiny bottle of orange juice, it is targetting urban professionals with little time on their hands.
But for Pret, a company whose success has always been finely balanced on the line between affordability and luxury, environmental awareness and pre-packaged convenience, the deal could yet prove dangerous: the shadow cast by the golden arches is a notoriously long and murky one.
Pret's best hope may be that the super-pressurised throngs of young professionals on which it has built its prosperity will simply not have enough time to stop and think about it.
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