Pret signs US and Europe transport hub deal with Autogrill

Autogrill has signed an agreement with Pret A Manger that will Pret sites opened in major airports in North America and in airports and railway stations in Europe, including The Netherlands and Denmark. Under the agreement, Autogrill Group will manage the new North American openings through its subsidiary HMSHost, while operations in Europe will be run by HMSHost International. The first two Pret shops will be opened in the Copenhagen Airport at the beginning of 2018, followed by the opening of another in The Netherlands. “This agreement with Pret enables us to bring one of the world’s most successful brands into more airports and train stations. This will contribute to enriching our portfolio of over 300 brands with a one-of-a kind offering,” said Autogrill chief marketing officer Ezio Balarini. “We’re happy with this important, new partnership with Pret, a brand which shares our vision of the business in terms of sustainable approach, food quality, freshness and innovation.” Pret partnership director Michael Haley added: “Pret’s menu of freshly-made nutritious food to go is perfect for busy travellers. We’re already present in numerous transport hubs in the UK, France, Hong Kong, Dubai and Singapore. The partnership with Autogrill will enable us to open new shops in major North American airports, as well as in Denmark and The Netherlands. Choosing the right partner is very important to Pret. We admire the strength of Autogrill’s operations and have already hosted their Danish team in our UK shops for training in preparation for the Copenhagen Airport opening.” Pret has more than 440 stores in seven countries worldwide – United Kingdom, United States, Hong Kong, France, China, Dubai and Singapore.