New global coffee chain launching in South Africa

 ·23 Feb 2024

UK-based Pret A Manger, aka Pret, will launch in South Africa, with the first store coming to Johannesburg

Pret currently operates roughly 650 shops in 18 countries, and there are huge expansion places for South Africa over the next decade.

The Millat Group has signed a deal with Pret for the exclusive licence to operate Pret stores in Southern Africa.

Millat said that the deal forms part of its long-term strategy to expand into the sector by offering customers access to organic and sustainable food offerings.

“Pret A Manger has the best in class offering of organic grab and go and a food service offering that stands out. This partnership is in line with Millat’s strategy of bringing global brands into South Africa,” said Millat Group CEO, Hamza Farooqui.

“Pret’s decision to venture into South Africa is a reflection of the country’s vibrant economic potential.”

A Pret in Watford, England

The first Pret is set to open in Johannesburg, with additional shops set to open in other tactical locations within the nation’s key cities, such as Cape Town, Durban, and Pretoria.

Pret offers a wide-ranging menu that includes sandwiches, salads, wraps, baked goods and snacks, as well as vegetarian and vegan options. There is also a wide array of organic coffees, teas and other hot and cold beverages.

“Bringing Pret’s freshly made food and organic coffee to the African continent for the first time marks a major milestone in our international expansion,” said Pano Christou, CEO of Pret.

“The partnership aligns with Millat’s vision of fostering entrepreneurship within South Africa, driving economic growth, and providing a service that will enhance the daily lives of South Africans.”

Hamza Farooqui, Millat Group CEO, (left) and Pano Christou, Pret CEO, (right).

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