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Freshly Made Food and Organic Coffee Shop Opens Within Popular Arena Quarter

Established freshly made food and organic coffee chain, Pret A Manger, has opened its doors at the Merrion Centre located within the popular Leeds City Centre Arena Quarter as part of the chain’s UK expansion plans. The new shop in Merrion Centre will create 18-20 new jobs.

The new look 4,510 sq ft Pret, spread over the ground and first floor at 42-44 Woodhouse Lane is situated in a prominent corner position directly adjacent to one of the main entrances to the busy Merrion Centre.

The new shop offers a menu of fresh food and beverages for customers, all handmade in Pret’s onsite kitchen. Hot drinks prepared by trained baristas are also available to enjoy and will be included as part of Pret’s award-winning Coffee Subscription, offering customers up to five Barista-made drinks a day for a monthly flat fee.

The Merrion Centre is located in a prime location within Leeds’ Innovation and Retail Districts and within close proximity to the Universities. There is an abundance of student accommodation schemes within the immediate vicinity with more in the pipeline. Current occupiers in the Arena Quarter include some of the city’s most popular independent and international eateries, big brand restaurants and cafes, hotels and prime entertainment venues including the 13,500 capacity first direct arena.

Charles Newman, Associate Director at Town Centre Securities (TCS), owners of the Merrion Centre, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Pret to our eclectic offering at the Merrion Centre. This latest opening will enhance our fantastic current range of food and beverage operators and we are confident that it will prove a welcome addition for the surrounding office workers and students alike.”

Mizan Syed, CEO of Exultant Group said:

“We are delighted to be Pret’s newest franchise partner, bringing the beloved freshly made food and organic coffee chain to those across Yorkshire and to be celebrating our first shop opening at the wonderful Merrion Centre outlet. We look forward to welcoming customers in and giving away 300 free meals to new customers on Wednesday, 1st February from 12pm.”

Guy Meakin, Interim UK Managing Director at Pret commented;

“We’re excited to be bringing another Pret to Leeds with this latest opening with our franchise partner, Exultant Group. Our ambition is to bring our freshly made food and organic coffee to more people across the UK, including here in Yorkshire. We look forward to welcoming customers to the new Merrion Centre shop.”