Pret Arrives in Dublin

Pret A Manger is to open its first store in Dublin this week.

The shop will be located on Dawson Street in the south city centre and will employ 25 staff. It will be the first of 20 new shops that the chain plans to open across the island of Ireland over the next decade. The announcement of the expansion, which will lead to the creation of 500 jobs in total, was made last April.

The outlets in the Republic and Northern Ireland will be rolled out by Carebrook Partnership Limited under a franchise arrangement. Carebrook is majority owned by UK and US food sector veteran, Gerard Loughran, who grew up in Nenagh, Co Tipperary.

Ray McNamara from Dublin, who has 25 years' experience in the Irish food industry and owns Ann’s Bakery, is a minority shareholder.

Carebrook Partnership Ltd has worked with Pret for three decades and runs many of its stores in London where it is a common sight on city centre streets.

The chain has also done a deal with Depaul Ireland, which will see surplus food donated to the charity at the end of every day.