Downtown Reading Pret A Manger to Close as Sales Fall


One of the three Pret a Manger stores in downtown Reading will close as the business tries to survive after a massive drop in sales.The food giant revealed that the Broad Street store was one of 30 to close.

The company reported a 74% drop in sales from last year, as the coronavirus crisis forced it to close stores nationwide.

In total, 339 stores across the country have reopened, but social distance and the decrease in the number of office workers in downtown areas means that sales are still weak.

The Thames Tower stores at Reading Station and Holybrook Walk are not on the list but are still temporarily closed.

The Reading store is the only one in Berkshire to be affected.

Across the UK, around 1,000 workers are now at risk of being laid off.

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CEO Pano Christou said, “This is a sad day for the entire Pret family, and I am devastated to see that we are going to lose so many employees. But we need to make these changes to adapt to the new retail environment.

“Our goal is now to offer Pret to a larger number of people, through different channels and in new ways, which will allow us to develop again in the medium term. ”

He added: “When the coronavirus crisis hit, we said that our priority was to protect our employees, our customers and of course Pret. We have confirmed our intention to do everything we can to save jobs.

“Although we have been able to do this through foreclosure, especially through vital government support, we cannot defy gravity and continue with the business model we had before the pandemic. This is why we have adapted our business and found new ways to reach our customers. ”

These are the branches of Pret that close

Greater London:

  • St George University booth
  • 421 Strand
  • Terminal 3 d’Heathrow
  • 109 Fleet Street
  • Strutton Ground, Westminster
  • Centre Point, Tottenham Court Road,
  • Warwick Way
  • Rue Byward
  • The Cut, Southwark
  • 41 Piccadilly
  • Wood Sreet, Barbican

Outside London:

  • Worcester, 59 High Street
  • Nottingham, Albert Street
  • Cambridge, Lion Yard
  • Sheffield, Fargate
  • Uxbridge, High Street
  • Lecture, Broad Street
  • High Wycombe
  • Gateshead Metrocentre
  • Peterborough, Queensgate Centre
  • Edinburgh, Shandwick Place
  • Chichester, East Street
  • Glasgow Fort Shopping Center
  • Leicester, Gallowtree Gate
  • Shrewsbury
  • Lakeside, Essex
  • Cardiff, Capitol Center
  • Newcastle, Grainger Street
  • Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Norwich, Chapelfield


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