The EAT grab-and-go chain has been closed for good in the UK, 24 years after the business was founded.
The brand is now owned by Pret A Manger, which this week closed the doors of EAT’s remaining 90 branches.
Most high street coffee shop chains have announced temporary closures due to government restrictions on social distancing – including Pret – but it was confirmed that EAT’s closure was a permanent move.
The company tweeted: “After 24 years of creating, making and serving real food, it is time for us to say goodbye. It was our mission to deliver Excellence and Taste to you, our customers, day in, day out, and we believe we achieved this.”
Pret snapped up EAT in May last year and said at the time that it planned to convert as many of its shops as possible to ‘Veggie Prets’.
At the time, the then-CEO of Pret, Clive Schlee, described the acquisition of the EAT estate as an opportunity to “turbo-charge” the development of Veggie Pret and put significant resources behind it.
The majority of Eat’s outlets were based in London, but it was also present in cities such as Birmingham and Manchester, as well as a number of airports.
The chain was founded by husband and wife Niall and Faith MacArthur, who opened the first shop next to Charing Cross station in central London.
Although the EAT brand will no longer be seen on British high streets, it will continue to operate in Paris Gare Du Nord (under franchise partner SSP) and Spain (under franchise partner Ibersol).