The University of Exeter will be home to the first ever on-campus Pret A Manger in the wake of the narrowing of the Marketplace, Exeposé can exclusively reveal.
Opening at the end of April, the globally recognised British food and coffee brand will stock the same selection of handmade food found in stores across the country, with seating available.
The handmade natural food will include sandwiches, salads, wraps, baguettes and hot options as well as organic teas and coffees, juices and cold drinks. Pret A Manger’s national food offerings which Exeter students could expect to enjoy include a crayfish and rocket sandwich, sushi, pulled pork quinoa rice pots, kale crips and pomegranate and hibiscus juice.
The new partnership is expected to create new employment opportunities for students, as well as respond to student feedback which asked for increased food and drink options on campus to cope with increasing demand.
Phil Atwell, Director of Campus Services said: “We are delighted to welcome Pret’s inaugural campus shop in our flagship Forum building, which is at the heart of our Streatham Campus. The new outlet will help to further expand the offering of fresh, healthy foods available to our staff and students. We are constantly listening to our students and take on board their ideas for improving their experience.”
Laura Jane Tiley, Guild President spoke of her delight at the new outlet: “We have worked alongside the University to ensure that the new operator was chosen in line with student preferences. The University is also responding to our members’ views on pricing and I’m pleased that the new service will be complimented with a range of options for differing budgets.”
Caroline Cromar, Pret’s Group Director of Food, believes that the fresh, natural menu, will be of benefit to the University’s students. She said: “We’re thrilled to be opening our first ever university shop. This is an exciting new area for Pret and one that we hope will have a real impact on the students living and studying on campus.”
Pret A Manger’s first Exeter store was opened in September on the High Street with over 130 spaces. Unsold food is donated to local hostels and shelters at the end of each day as part of the Pret Foundation Trusts goal to alleviate poverty in the United Kingdom. In 2015, over three million food items from their stores were donated.
The news follows widespread rumours over which national outlet would replace the empty retail unit left vacant by the Marketplace. Speculation regarding American sandwich chain Subway arriving on campus is incorrect.