Pret A Manger opens its first shop in Kuwait with franchise partner One PM 

Pret A Manger opens its first shop in Kuwait with franchise partner One PM 

British food and coffee giant Pret A Manger has partnered with Kuwait-based franchise group One PM Franchising to open a flagship shop in the heart of Kuwait City, at Al Hamra Tower. The launch marks a major milestone in the brand’s expansion in the Middle East. 

Pret A Manger’s carefully curated menu of sandwiches, salads and wraps are freshly made using quality, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients.

A number of high-profile guests were present at the ribbon-cutting event, including: H.E. Belinda Lewis, the British Ambassador to Kuwait; Pano Christou, CEO of Pret A Manger; Eira Jarvis, managing director of Pret A Manger Asia; and Hamad Al-Sayer, Chairman of One PM Franchising.

Christou stated: “We’re excited to be opening our first shop in Kuwait with our new franchise partner, One PM. We have ambitious plans to bring our freshly made food and organic coffee to more people across the world and we’re pleased to be growing Pret’s presence in the Middle East. We’re looking forward to working more closely with the One PM team, and we can’t wait for customers to visit our shops to try our high quality and great tasting food.”

Al-Sayer said: “We are pleased to be partnering with Pret A Manger to bring this iconic and beloved chain to Kuwait and potentially other countries within the region. The Pret brand is one with a rich legacy that promises great, quality food and a joyful experience, and we can’t wait to deliver those moments of joy to the people of Kuwait”.

Pret Kuwait is set to build on Pret’s long-standing commitment to help those in need and give back to the local community through the work of The Pret Foundation. The brand has partnered with Refood, the first non-profit company dedicated to reducing waste in Kuwait’s food and consumer goods sector, to donate unsold food to the needy and reduce food waste.

Kuwait’s opening is part of Pret’s ambitious plan to double the size of its business in the next five years. It follows recent international openings in Canada and Ireland, with further branches slated for India, Spain and Portugal.

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Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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