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Merrion Centre Gets Set For Pret

Established organic coffee and fresh sandwich operator, Pret A Manger, is set to open at the Merrion Centre located within the popular Leeds City Centre Arena Quarter.

Pret has signed a lease to occupy 4,510 sq ft of space over the ground and first floor at 42-44 Woodhouse Lane.

The unit is situated in a prominent corner position directly adjacent to one of the main entrances to the busy Merrion Centre and is set to open this summer.

The new outlet will offer a menu of fresh food and beverages for customers, all handmade in Pret’s onsite kitchen. Hot drinks will be prepared by trained baristas and will be available as part of Pret’s award-winning Coffee Subscription.

Pret, which employs over 8,500 people in the UK, announced earlier this year that it is investing over £9.2 million in staff pay which is its biggest pay and benefits increase in its 36 year history. The news followed an announcement in September 2021 that Pret was aiming to double the size of the business and open more than 200 new stores in the UK within the next five years.

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 PLC, owners of the Merrion Centre, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Pret to our eclectic offering at the Merrion Centre. This latest deal 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.