Pret A Manger this morning reopened 10 of its stores in London following requests from NHS workers and hospitals that they want to be able to access freshly-made food nearby.
The 500-strong sandwich chain revealed that 160 of its staff had volunteered to help reopen the sites, which are all located close to hospitals.
The shops will open for takeaway and delivery only, offering a reduced range of Pret favourites, as well as a selection of essentials such as milk, bread and butter.
Pret is also bringing back its 50% discount for NHS workers until the end of the month and 7,000 additional meals per week will be donated to its charity partners, including The Felix Project.
Since Pret’s stores were shut last month, its charity vans have donated 477,000 items to 40 hospitals and 138 charity partners.
CEO Pano Christou said the chain had given careful thought to how it could rise to the challenge, ensuring that it does so safely and in line with government guidance.
“My priority is always to protect our teams and customers as best we can, which means we have put in place a number of new social distancing measures to align with the government’s guidance.
“This will help give frontline healthcare workers better access to freshly prepared food while also getting our supply chain up and running again to deliver food to the homeless.”
The shops that have reopened include:
– 161 City Road
– 136 Great Portland Street
– Unit 21, St George’s Wharf, Vauxhall
– 14 Warren Street
– 367B Fulham Road
– 15 Old Brompton Road
– Second Floor, Hunter Wing, St George’s University of London
– 2-4 Circus Road, St John’s Wood
– 3 Mitcham Road, Tooting Broadway
– 35-37 Kings Road