Pret A Manger’s ambitious store opening programme – which by the end of the year will have included more than 30 launches in the UK alone over the past 12 months – is being supported by key suppliers who have stock on hand to help it expand.
Pret relies on around 10 core equipment suppliers to complete a typical kitchen and one of the most important elements of the construction comes in the form of modular and fabricated services for things like benches and counters.
The chain works closely with RH Hall, UK supplier of the Simply Stainless modular fabrication brand, to ensure that it has immediate access to product whenever it opens a new site or carries out a refurbishment.
Adam Hall, bespoke solutions manager at RH Hall, said: “[Pret] is very important to us, our relationship stems back over a decade. We work with them closely and react to their needs. They’re very good at forecasting what they need and that allows us to manage products manufactured by Simply Stainless and products manufactured here.
“Everything we supply to Pret is literally plug and play – the plumbing is all push-fit connection so it saves time for the installer and we do all that here in the factory. What’s unique about the Pret equipment is that it’s all been designed in modular sizes, so they have a range of products, which they know will fit, and then they fit it into blocks, which helps reduce installation costs, planning and time.”
Hall said the Simply Stainless solution is ideal for larger chains that typically need modular designs and dovetails perfectly with its customised fabrication plant in Hertfordshire.
“We also do fabrication for KFC, working in partnership with Lockhart, including handles for their griddles, oil checkers and krush’em drip trays. We also work with Papa John’s for their pizza lines adding bespoke fabrication to their counters,” he added.