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Pret A Manger to expand into transport hubs with Autogrill partnership

Pret A Manger has announced a new partnership with Autogrill that will see it open shops in major airports and train stations across North America and Europe.

The agreement in North America will see Pret open in airports with HMSHost, a subsidiary of the Autogrill Group. In Europe, the company will open transport hub shops in partnership with HMSHost International, another subsidiary of the Autogrill Group. The first shops to open as part of the new agreement will be in Copenhagen Airport early next year, followed by openings in the Netherlands.

“Pret’s menu of freshly-made nutritious food to go is perfect for busy travellers. We already thrive in transport hubs in the UK, France, Hong Kong, Dubai and Singapore. The partnership with Autogrill allows us to open shops in major transport hubs in North America, as well as Denmark and the Netherlands,” stated Michael Haley, Partnerships Director for Pret.

“Choosing the right partners is very important to Pret. We admire the strength of Autogrill’s operations and have already hosted their Danish teams in our UK shops for training in preparation for opening in Copenhagen Airport.”

“This agreement with Pret enables us to bring one of the world’s most successful brands into more airports and train stations.” Commented Autogrill Chief Marketing Officer, Ezio Balarni. “We’re happy with this important new partnership with Pret, a brand that shares our vision in terms of a sustainable approach to business, food quality, freshness and innovation.”