Food-to-go specialist Pret a Manger is abandoning its standalone, vegetarian-only stores and said customers are buying veggie options across all of its branches.

Pret Little Veggie Broadwick Street fascia

The business is set to close the last three of its Veggie Pret stores, in London and Manchester, and switch them to regular Pret outlets by the end of the month.

The specialist format, launched eight years ago, had acted as “innovation hubs” but is no longer needed, the company said.

“Every Pret is a Veggie Pret shop,” said Katherine Bagshawe, UK food and coffee director, adding that one in three main meals sold across the sandwich chain’s store estate is vegetarian or vegan.

At its height, Pret had 10 vegetarian-only stores across the UK. The majority were in London but it also had stores in Oxford and Manchester.

However, the format’s green-fronted fascias began to disappear from UK high streets during the pandemic.

Post-Covid, Pret switched its focus to regional towns and cities outside of London.

The last remaining Veggie Prets due to be converted are on Broadwich Street and Great Eastern Street in London and Deansgate in Manchester.

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