Pret A Manger Opens First Canadian Stand-Alone Shop
Pret A Manger has opened its first Canadian stand-alone sandwich and coffee shop in downtown Toronto.
The new shop is situated at 90 Adelaide Street West in the financial district.
“This expansion into Canada is a natural next step for Pret globally,” said Jorrie Bruffett, president of Pret’s North American business, in a news release. “We are committed to bringing the Pret brand to more people, wherever they are and after the warm welcome from locals at our Pret pop-ups in Canada, we’re excited to continue expanding our footprint and menu offerings to more Canadians.”
Previously, the U.K.-based chain had only operated pop-up locations in Canada, based in Toronto and Vancouver.
Pret did not provide any details on its future Canadian growth plans. But the opening is another sign that sandwich-shop space could be in high demand from international investors in the near future.
Jersey Mike’s plans to open 300 new locations in Canada in coming years through a franchise agreement with Toronto-based franchisee Redberry Restaurants.
Meanwhile, rival U.S.-based sub sandwich chain Jimmy John’s has entered the Canadian market through a franchise deal with Saint-Laurent, Que.-based Foodtastic.
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Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monte provides daily news coverage of major Canadian commercial real estate markets, including Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary. He has written about the real estate sector for various media outlets and Avison Young since the early 2000s.
In addition, he has covered sports, general news and business for several leading wire services and publications, including The Canadian Press, The Associated Press, The Calgary Herald, The Globe and Mail, Research Money, The Daily Oil Bulletin, Natural Gas World and The Toronto Star.
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