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Inside Canada’s 1st Pret a Manger Location in Vancouver [Photos]

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Popular UK-based foodservice chain Pret a Manger has officially entered the Canadian market with its first storefront within an A&W location in suburban Vancouver. More partner locations will follow and A&W is also expected to open standalone Pret a Manger locations in Canada at some point as part of the franchise agreement. 

The Vancouver A&W at 468 SW Marine Drive now features a Pret a Manger shop-in-store component featuring Pret’s freshly made food including sandwiches, pastries, soups, salads, wraps, mac and cheese, fresh fruit, oatmeal, and organic coffee including bagged coffee beans for sale. The same till is used to pay both for Pret items as well as the A&W restaurant on site.

It’s part of a two-year pilot where the Pret brand will open within A&W restaurants in select Canadian markets. A&W signed a master franchiser agreement with Pret a Manger to expand the Pret concept and if the trial phase proves to be successful, A&W Food Services has the exclusive rights to expand the Pret brand across Canada based on an agreed-to development schedule. That could include standalone Pret a Manger storefronts in Canada though a source familiar with the situation says details haven’t been totally ironed out just yet. 

Pret a Manger display cases at A&W Marine Gateway in Vancouver on July 25, 2022. Photo: Lee Rivett
Till at the combined Pret a Manger/A&W Marine Gateway in Vancouver on July 25, 2022. Photo: Lee Rivett
Drinks menu at Pret a Manger at A&W Marine Gateway in Vancouver on July 25, 2022. Photo: Lee Rivett

The Vancouver location on SW Marine Drive is part of the Marine Gateway project in South Vancouver off of Cambie Street. A busy Skytrain transit station is adjacent which means foot traffic will be heavy at times. 

London-based Pret A Manger was founded in 1986 and has more than 550 shops in the UK, US and several other countries.

See below for more photos from the new combined Pret a Manger/A&W location at Marine Gateway in Vancouver. 

Signage at Pret a Manger at A&W Marine Gateway in Vancouver on July 25, 2022. Photo: Lee Rivett
Exterior terrace area branded Pret a Manger, at A&W Marine Gateway in Vancouver on July 25, 2022. Photo: Lee Rivett
Pret a Manger at A&W Marine Gateway in Vancouver on July 25, 2022. Photo: Lee Rivett
Salads at Pret a Manger at A&W Marine Gateway in Vancouver on July 25, 2022. Photo: Lee Rivett
Baguette sandwiches and drinks at Pret a Manger at A&W Marine Gateway in Vancouver on July 25, 2022. Photo: Lee Rivett
Sandwiches at Pret a Manger at A&W Marine Gateway in Vancouver on July 25, 2022. Photo: Lee Rivett
Pret a Manger at A&W Marine Gateway in Vancouver on July 25, 2022. Photo: Lee Rivett
Pret a Manger at A&W Marine Gateway in Vancouver on July 25, 2022. Photo: Lee Rivett
Pret a Manger at A&W Marine Gateway in Vancouver on July 25, 2022. Photo: Lee Rivett
Pret a Manger at A&W Marine Gateway in Vancouver on July 25, 2022. Photo: Lee Rivett

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Craig Patterson
Craig Patterson
Located in Toronto, Craig is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Retail Insider, Publisher of Retail Insider the magazine and President/CEO of Retail Insider Media Ltd. He is also a retail analyst and consultant, Advisor at the University of Alberta School Centre for Cities and Communities in Edmonton, and a public speaker. He has studied the Canadian retail landscape for over 25 years and he holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws Degrees.

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