Pret A Manger launches shops pilot with MFG in UK

Pret will initially trial one shop in the MFG-owned and BP-branded station in Southgate, North London, with a view to opening a second shop by the end of 2022.

The shop in the MFG Southgate site will serve a menu of freshly prepared food and organic coffee and teas, prepared in Pret’s full onsite kitchens throughout the day.

Clare Clough, UK managing director of Pret A Manger, said: “We are delighted to have partnered with Motor Fuel Group so that more people can access Pret’s freshly made food and organic coffee when they are on the move.

Since the start of the pandemic, we have looked for innovative ways to bring Pret to more people, and partnerships, such as this one, are an important part of this strategy. We hope that customers will enjoy this new concept and we look forward to working more closely with the MFG team in the coming months.”

William Bannister, chief executive of MFG, added: “We are proud to become the first forecourt operator globally to welcome a Pret on site for consumers who want a more premium experience.

We pride ourselves on not only serving the motorist, but on also being a leading convenience retailer. The fact that such a well-known and trusted high street brand as Pret has decided to trial their very first forecourt partnership with MFG cements our commitment to being a one-stop offering for both our local communities and those travelling through.”

Pret announced a new partnership with Moto in October 2020, which will allow the company to expand its motorway service estate to three shops in the UK.

The first shop at Cherwell Valley opened in December 2020, followed by a second shop at Moto’s brand-new Rugby service which opened in April.