Pret opened in London in 1986. College friends, Sinclair and Julian, made proper sandwiches avoiding the obscure chemicals, additives and preservatives common to so much of the 'prepared' and 'fast' food on the market today. The two of them had woefully little experience in the world of business. They created the sort of food they craved but couldn't find anywhere else.
Because Pret is private we don't face the same pressure to grow that a public company does. We will develop slowly, one shop at a time. There are about 295 Pret shops worldwide at the moment. Most of them are in the UK and between them we turn over roughly 380 million pounds a year.
In addition to the original (and unique) Pret take-away concept, there is our Pret delivery service.