Pret A Manger will open the doors to its first hospital location next month, in Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital.
Due to open in early June, the fit-out is well under way at the new site, located in the atrium retail outlets of the West Wing of the hospital.
The new outlet – Pret’s third shop in Oxford – will create up to 22 new jobs, which the company is currently recruiting for.
In addition to a full menu of handmade natural food and organic coffee, the new shop will also feature a comfortable seating area with 80 spaces for hospital visitors, outpatients and staff to enjoy.
The new offering is a result of support services provider Carillion, supported by RMW Knight, identifying the opportunity for a high street retail presence in the hospital.
A spokesperson for Pret said, “Our focus on fresh, quality food has been a fundamental part of the Pret recipe since our first shop opened nearly 30 years ago, and we are pleased to be able to offer this within a hospital for the first time.
“The new shop menu will offer a wide range of nutritious salads, sandwiches and wraps, through to hearty hot food, and the occasional pick-me-up treat. As with our existing shops, we’re proud to have a large on-site kitchen in our premises at the John Radcliffe, which will enable us to deliver the highest quality products with the fast and friendly service that Pret is known for.”
Lynn Carpenter, from Carillion’s Catering Centre of Excellence commented; “Pret’s healthy and fresh offer using natural ingredients ensures that outpatients, staff and visitors to the hospital are provided with a wholesome and nutritional offer in a modern and welcoming environment.”