Sandwich chain Pret A Manger plans to open four new Veggie Pret stores, by summer bringing the total to 14.
The move follows parent company JAB Holdings' purchase of grab-and-go chain Eat's more than 90 stores for almost £60m in May last year.
Retired Pret CEO Clive Schlee had planned to convert many of the Eat stores to Veggie Prets. Following the Eat acquisition in May he said: "We have been developing the Veggie Pret concept for over two years and we now have four hugely successful shops across London and Manchester. The acquisition of the EAT estate is a wonderful opportunity to turbo charge the development of Veggie Pret and put significant resources behind it.”
However, the plans have since been scaled back. A Pret spokesperson said: “We’re pleased to confirm that we are aiming to have 14 Veggie Pret shops open by summer 2020.”
In September last year Pret A Manger named Clare Clough its new UK managing director.