Pret, set, go for a Hull of a welcome to high-end food outlet

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 9 Apr 2018

Pret A Manger has been given the go-ahead to open its first ever outlet in Hull.

The posh eatery has a menu of freshly prepared food and organic coffee and is set to open in the vacant building on the edge of King Edward Street and Queen Victoria Square. The shop would be located over two floors, the basement and ground level, and have seating for 140 people. 

The opening of the store would create 20 jobs, 17 of which would be full-time and three part-time.

An application was submitted earlier this year and now Hull City Council planners have approved it.

It is not clear exactly when the new outlet will open but it is likely to be within the next few months.

It will sell a wide variety of sandwiches, salads, wraps, baguettes and toasties, alongside sweet treats, hot drinks, juices and smoothies.

In the planning statement, the company said: “The introduction of this use is considered to contribute towards the vitality and viability of the city centre.

“This will be achieved through matters such as providing a high level of footfall, contributing towards increased dwell times  

within Hull city centre, being open during typical shopping hours, re-introducing an active frontage to King Edward Street and Queen  

Victoria Square and providing long- term investment to occupy an otherwise long-standing vacant unit occupying a prominent position.

“Pret’s occupation would also provide for approximately 20 employment opportunities from a prominent corner building by a well-established national operator.”

Pret a Manger has also described how big the café will be.

In the planning statement it says: “A front of house area will be provided at the ground floor with counters displaying hot and cold food and drink items, further display shelving, a service counter, large queuing space and areas of customer seating.

“Further customer seating will be provided for at basement level. The basement will also accommodate the back of house areas including food preparation kitchen, office, staff room and refuse stores.

“It is expected that the store could accommodate approximately 140 covers in total across the basement and ground floors.”

The store would be open 7am to 6.30pm Monday to Saturday and 9am to 5pm on Sundays.

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