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Pret A Manger Set To Open In South Africa In 2024

Pret A Manger, the well-known fresh food and coffee chain, prepares to make its debut on the African continent, starting with its entry into South Africa.


  • With a global footprint spanning 18 countries and approximately 650 shops worldwide, Pret A Manger is known for its freshly prepared food and organic coffee.
  • Founded in the United Kingdom in 1986, Pret A Manger has become synonymous with sandwiches, salads, wraps, and organic beverages.
  • With nearly 9’500 team members serving customers in diverse international markets, Pret has established itself as a leader in the food-to-go sector.
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Now, a landmark development agreement has been inked between Pret A Manger (popularly referred to as Pret) and the Millat Group, granting Millat the exclusive license to operate ‘Pret’ shops in Southern Africa. This strategic partnership underscores Millat’s dedication to expanding its presence in the food and beverage sector, offering customers access to fresh, organic, and sustainable culinary delights.


Hamza Farooqui, CEO of the Millat Group, expressed his enthusiasm for the collaboration, emphasizing Pret A Manger’s unparalleled offerings in organic grab-and-go cuisine. He believes that this partnership will elevate the consumer experience in South Africa, aligning seamlessly with Millat’s strategy of introducing global brands to the region.


Pret A Manger or ‘prêt à manger’ translates from French to ‘ready to eat’. Pret’s decision to venture into South Africa reflects the country’s vibrant economic potential, according to Hamza. The brand’s entry into the South African market follows its success in other international hubs like the UK, India, and France, solidifying Pret’s position as a global leader in the industry.


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Pret A Manger’s menu offerings, ranging from sandwiches to salads and vegan options, are set to tempt South African taste buds. Complementing their food selection is a diverse array of organic coffees, teas, and other beverages. Image: Pret A Manger

The inaugural Pret A Manger shop is slated to open its doors in Johannesburg, strategically positioned to cater to the city’s dynamic and fast-paced residents. In the coming months, additional shops will be unveiled in key cities across South Africa, including Cape Town, Durban, and Pretoria.


Pano Christou, CEO of Pret A Manger, expressed his excitement about bringing the brand’s freshly made food and organic coffee to the African continent. Partnering with the Millat Group aligns with Pret’s vision of fostering entrepreneurship, driving economic growth, and looks to enhance the daily lives of South Africans.


As the countdown to Pret A Manger’s South African debut begins, food enthusiasts and coffee aficionados alike are certainly looking forward to giving Pret a try.


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