13 Eat stores in London have been put on the market by Pret A Manger, following the latter’s acquisition of the sandwich, soup and salad chain.
Pret agreed a takeover of the business in a deal valued at an estimated £60 million in May of this year.
And now shops at Aldersgate Street, Chancery Lane, Clapham Junction, Farringdon Street, Fenchurch Street, Fetter Lane, Great Peter Street, High Holborn, Kings Road, St James’s, Strutton Ground, Tottenham Court Road, and Tower Hill have all been made available for sale.
At the time of the takeover, CEO Clive Schlee said that due to growing consumer demand for more vegetarian and vegan options on the high street he would seek to convert as many of EAT’s shops as possible to ‘Veggie Prets’.
It was suggested that out of the 94 stores in Eat’s estate, 30 of them would be converted into Veggie Pret’s and it is unclear if this will be affected by the sale of these 13 properties.
There will still be 62 Eat sites in the capital following the sale, as well as a further 19 elsewhere in the UK.