Pret a Manger the coffee and sandwich chain’s chief executive wants to bring staffing numbers back to pre-pandemic levels.
Chief executive, Pano Christou, told the PA news agency that they want to expand to suburban and motorway areas.
Pret a Manger’s post-Covid strategy is to target sales away from cities following a slump in office trade throughout the pandemic and hire 3,000 staff.
The coffee and sandwhich chain are planning to open 200 shops over the next two years.
In 2020 Pret had a 58% slump in revenue’s to £299m with an operating loss of £256.5m due to temporary closures of stores during the lockdowns.
Pret a Manger received a £100m investment from Sinclair Beecham who is the founder and the majority owner of JAB.
Christou said, “We are keen to open more stores in regional and suburban areas, as these have been really strong recently.
“We have obviously kept an eye on the way trends have shifted since the pandemic and obviously areas such as service stations have been particularly busy, so that is why we have linked with Moto and Motor Fuel Group.
“We are seeing lots of property opportunities but it is unsurprisingly competitive for the best sites, but I think landlords see us as a really strong brand and are keen to bring Pret in.”