Pret A Manger

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Pret A Manger is a food business that first opened in London in 1986. Julian Metcalfe and Sinclair Beecham (the founders of Pret A Manger) set up The Pret Foundation Trust (PFT) in 1995. [1] "Although Pret has been owned since 2008 by Bridgepoint, a private equity firm – before them, McDonald's had a 33 per cent stake between 2001 and 2008 – Metcalfe remains a guiding spirit in his role as consultant on matters of style and food." [1] In 2001, Pret controversially sold a 33% stake to burger chain McDonald's for £50m, funding rapid expansion overseas.  


Accessed May 2013: [2]  




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  1. Pret A Manger Foundation, organizational web page, accessed May 22, 2013.
  2. Pret A Manger About, organizational web page, accessed May 22, 2013.